My 3 year old has become very attached to his toothbrush! Itís shaped
like a dinosaur and he just loves it. The problem is that itís getting
kind of worn and he doesnít want a new one. How long should I let
him use it?
First off congratulations on finding a toothbrush your child likes! Itís
a great idea to have your kids choose their own toothbrush and get
them involved in their own dental care early.
The general rule of thumb is that if bristles are splaying, spreading
out, or feeling soft, itís time for a new brush. I find that most
toothbrushes should be replaced after about three to six months.
And always replace a toothbrush after your child has had an infection
or strep throat.
To help your child give up his worn-out brush have him choose a new
toothbrush he likes. There are many really fun childrenís brushes
available now so he should have no problem finding a new favorite
brush! As a father of young kids, Iíve learned that if we can make
the task fun, we win most of the battles before they begin.