How often should I buy my child a new toothbrush? Does it need to be replaced only when it's worn down? And, should I buy only soft-bristled brushes? My child recently had a bad cold and I want him to keep brushing, but I can't replace the brush every day.
Toothbrush selection is very important. You should have a toothbrush whose bristles are erect and not splayed. If your child chews on his toothbrush, the bristles can't clean the teeth and gums properly. You also want to buy only a soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid pain or damage to the gums. The soft bristles do a fine job of cleaning off food and plaque. If your child has a cold, continue to use his current toothbrush. When the cold improves and you think your son's no longer contagious, dispose of that toothbrush and get a new one.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.