Of course it’s possible to brush your teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush. However, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative to an old-school toothbrush, especially if you’re dealing with conditions that make it difficult to brush well. Like having a kid who’s not all that coordinated and maybe not really paying attention to his or her pearly whites. Electric toothbrushes are especially ideal for folks who have trouble holding brushes correctly, like children. An electric toothbrush’s bristle movement helps kids remove more plaque from their teeth and improve their gum health.
According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, get an electric toothbrush that’s easy to use, with a rotating-oscillating head or a head that uses ultrasonic pulses (otherwise known as a sonic brush). Timers are a great addition, so kids know how long they brush and can’t cut things short after 30 seconds.
Best Kids’ Electric Toothbrushes Sales and Deals
You can't do better than this kids' electric toothbrush, down from $49.99.
We love this kids’ electric toothbrush for two reasons: The KidTimer that helps cement the two minute brush time, and the KidPacer that alerts the kid to move to the next quadrant of the mouth for a thorough cleaning. Plus, it’s one of the best damn sonic electric toothbrushes you can buy.
Normally $32, this Elsa-themed kids' electric toothbrush has a wide handle great for younger kids and a soft head for a gentle brushing.
This toothbrush is compatible with Oral-B’s sensitive clean toothbrush heads so your kid get a gentle yet effective clean. And if you use it with the Disney Magic Timer app, kids brush for the allotted two minutes while also being dentally inspired by their Disney cohorts.
Normally $50, this animal set is great for brushers ages three and up. It comes with a two-minute sand timer that gives the perfect visual cue for brushing for two minutes.
The animal design removes any fear from brushing those teeth (yes, it’s a thing) and the two minute sand timer pushes kids to brush long enough to thoroughly clean their teeth and gums. It’s a tangible thing they can’t really ignore (or maybe we’re being overly optimistic here).
Normally $50, this unicorn-themed kids' electric toothbrush has a two-minute timer so they don't cut their brushing short.
This great kids’ toothbrush has two brush heads, a power button that’s easy for kids to manage, plus a rinse cup and storage base.
Normally $36, this kids' electric toothbrush has three brush modes, tailored for specific needs.
Yes, this brush has a timer, but what we especially like are its three separate brush modes: Clean, soft clean, or massage mode.
Technically, this is marketed to adults. But at $43.99, this is a real steal. This electric toothbrush is ideal for kids, with a timer that signals every 30 seconds to help brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly.
If you’re cool with a streamlined toothbrush that doesn’t have fancy kid-friendly decor, get this one. The 2D cleaning electric toothbrush head oscillates to help break up and remove plaque.
This kids' electric toothbrush has five modes: White, clean, sensitive, polish, and massage. So it's great for older kids who can tell the difference.
Kids tend to brush hard, and stick to just one area. This toothbrush pauses every 30 seconds to remind kids to brush another quadrant of their teeth and shuts of after two minutes to avoid any dental over-enthusiasm.
Normally $40, this toddler electric toothbrush plays songs while you brush.
Meant for kids two and up, this toothbrush is made from food-grade silicone. It has the requisite timer, but it also plays tunes so you can rock out while brushing your kiddo’s chompers. The pulsations are gentle enough for little toddler teeth.
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