Question: My 3 year old has become attached to her toothbrush. It’s shaped like a ballerina and she just loves it. The problem is that it’s getting kind of worn down and she does not want a new one. How long should I let her use it?
Answer: Though it is great she has found a toothbrush she likes, the general rule of thumb is that if the bristles are spreading out and no longer straight, it’s time for a new brush. Most brushes should be replaced after about 3-6 months, or after your child has had an infection or strep throat.
To help your child give up her worn-out brush, have her choose a new one she likes. There are many fun children’s brushes available now, so she should not have any problem finding a new favorite.If we can make the task fun, we as parents will win most of the battles before they begin.
We have over 27 years of experience handling pediatric dental issues here at Diamond Dental. So please give us a call or email us with your questions or concerns.