With so many toothbrushes on the market, it can be difficult to know which is best for your child. Manual toothbrushes tend to be the go-to for many patients. However, a toothbrush should have soft bristles to prevent eroding any gum tissue or tooth structure, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. A toothbrush should also be fitting for the child. A 3-year-old toothbrush is much smaller in size than a toothbrush for a 12-year-old child. This is important because the size helps the child better maneuver the toothbrush to achieve a cleaner mouth. A toothbrush should always be replaced after a child has recovered from being sick. It is recommended to replace the toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles begin to fray out. For patients who may have a disability and cannot brush easily, investing in an electric toothbrush is recommended. If your child has orthodontic treatment, special toothbrushes for their needs are also manufactured. To know which toothbrush is best for your child's needs, visit us at NexGen Dentistry in National City, California to meet with our pediatric dentist on their recommendation for your child's specific needs.