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At what age would you give an electric toothbrush?

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chocolateshoes Wed 21-Feb-07 13:11:39

DS - just 20 months, is very keen to have a go of mine? Do you think it would be ok or would I risk damaging his gums/teeth? Can you get toddler versions? Thanks!

Hulababy Wed 21-Feb-07 13:12:51

You can get children's versions - most are battery operated, but some are mains. Not sure what age they suggest though - I guess packaging will say 3 years plus because of small parts, but don't know about any more.

CountessDaveula Wed 21-Feb-07 13:13:14

DD got a battery operated tigger one last week, she is 4.5. I think it said it was from 2-5 years

TenaLady Wed 21-Feb-07 13:13:35

They say on the packet 3 years and older. Ring your dentist

CountessDaveula Wed 21-Feb-07 13:15:01

ah no it says aged 3+

Hulababy Wed 21-Feb-07 13:15:58

Just googled and found this on Baby Centre

"Is it a good idea to use an electric toothbrush on my toddler's teeth?

Jane Shaw answers:
Yes - electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and most toddlers find them fun to use. My three-year-old son has been using one to clean his teeth for the last six months and I find that he does a much better job with it. I still check his teeth afterwards with a manual toothbrush but there is less for me to do. This boosts his morale and makes him feel he has done a good job.

Your toddler will be more likely to take to an electric toothbrush if he sees you using one and he will probably ask you if he can have a go. Look for a quality brand with a timer and a small oscillating head. A rechargeable brush is much better than a battery operated one (battery ones slow down as the battery runs down and won't clean so well). It really is worth investing in these features if you decide to get an electric brush. As the heads are easy to change, it is possible to have one handle, with a separate head for each family member, to make the outlay more cost-effective.

If your toddler is reluctant to use an electric brush then just carry on with his favourite toothbrush until he feels ready to try again. Brushing his teeth well is more important than the type of toothbrush he uses."

Jane Shaw, BDS. Area of expertise: Dentist. Dr Jane Shaw qualified as a dentist in 1995 from Guy's Dental School (University of London). She currently works part-time in a family practice in Tenterden, Kent, with her husband and one other dentist. She has two children, George and Eleanor.

Dental expert on this site suggests yes too

dinny Wed 21-Feb-07 13:19:07

dd (4) and ds (2) have one each, they love them. gave ds his about 6 months ago.

chocolateshoes Wed 21-Feb-07 13:19:07

Thanks for those replies...so it looks as if I can go ahead and search for one - preferably one with a timer. Any ideas anyone? think I'll look at Boots 1st, not sure I'll even bother with Mothercare, but then sometimes they can surprise you. I wish there was a Mumsnet online shop!

chocolateshoes Wed 21-Feb-07 13:19:30

Where from Dinny?

dinny Wed 21-Feb-07 13:20:44

Boots, I think. or maybe Superdrug. DS's has a football on it. Actually, it may have been Tesco as I think my mil got it.

chocolateshoes Wed 21-Feb-07 13:22:28

Thanks. Have just looked at Boots online but can only see adult ones. Will coninue searching...

chocolateshoes Wed 21-Feb-07 13:34:07

Grrrr..the only one I've founs so far is jojomamanbebe but it is out of stock.

BettySpaghetti Wed 21-Feb-07 13:46:07

DD had a Boots one that had flashing lights on it -the idea being the child needs to brush for the time the lights flash (2 min I presume?).

Only problem was she messed about with it, spent all the time watching lights, switching on/off etc so we gave up on it. She was about 3/4 at the time.

chocolateshoes Wed 21-Feb-07 20:04:20

Thanks BettySpag. Am still searching (online) but not having that much luck thb. Looks like I'll actually have to go into town.Booo!

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