Most children can start using an electric toothbrush at six years old. These toothbrushes can remove food particles and plaque more thoroughly, so your pediatric dentist might recommend an electric model as your child learns to brush independently. When picking out a toothbrush for your little one, look for these features.

What to Look for in an Electric Toothbrush for a Kid

1.  ADA Approval

Look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, which means the toothbrush has met strict standards and is safe for your child to use. If you’re unsure about finding the right model, ask your dentist for recommendations.

2. Shape & Softness

pediatric dentistChildren’s toothbrushes have different structures than adult brushes. Look for rounded and soft bristles. This shape and texture will be gentler on your child’s teeth and gums while still cleaning effectively.

3. Kid-Friendly Features

Electric toothbrushes have features that make them easier and more fun for kids to use. Look for a comfortable grip that can help a tiny hand hold the brush.

Some brushes play music as well, which can help your child stick to a routine and brush for at least two minutes. Allowing your child to pick out their own toothbrush with these features can make them more excited about oral hygiene.


The right toothbrush is just one part of your child’s dental health. The pediatric dentists at Pedodontic Associates can help care for all aspects of your little one’s oral wellness. This team has worked with families on Oahu and Maui for over 25 years, offering a comfortable and friendly environment. Learn more about their services by visiting them online. You can also call (808) 735-1733 for Honolulu, (808) 487-7933 for Aiea, or (808) 877-0066 for Kahului to make an appointment with a pediatric dentist for your child.