“ Brand: Macleans / Type: Toothbrush / Subcategory: Milk / What it does: Cleanses, „
When a child first comes into contact with a toothbrush, their natural instinct is to chew. This is where the struggle and tears of both parent and child begin. You, the parent, are anxious for the teeth to be cleaned properly and the child see's it as another 'chew'. Due to the struggle and tears the infant instantly 'hates' the toothbrush. Those initial struggles will probably mean the infant will see the toothbrush as the 'enemy' and maybe this is a contributing factor why children grow up hating to clean their teeth. Tolerant parents persist. Other less tolerant parents simply give up. At the moment my toddler is using a Macleans childrens toothbrush and all this toothbrush offers is a soft bristle head to chew on. At only one angle the toothbrush is chewed on, results in a few tooth surfaces being cleaned. The hard plastic 'head' hurts the child when he inevitably rams it against his gums! If the child grabs it, there are no guards to stop him from pushing the handle down his throat. However, this does not only apply to Macleans. All other manufacturers offer the same design. I believe that a new design toddler toothbrush is needed. The new design would encompass a standard handle with a rounded bristle head either domed or cylindrical in shape. A fixed or removable guard, similar to that of a dummy, positioned approximately 1 inch from the base of the bristle head. This would mean that should the toddler grab and chew, both the upper and lower teeth would be cleansed during the chewing motion. The guard would prevent the toddler from pushing the handle too far into the mouth causing them to choke. Whilst we do not want to encourage the child to sit there chewing, or running around with the toothbrush just because there is a guard, I firmly believe that the new shaped bristle head will allow more tooth surfaces to be reached and thus lead to less decay in pre-school te
eth, providing a healthier environment for the second teeth. Proper supervision is still needed and as the infant becomes more at ease with the toothbrush, the parent can 'help' with the correct 'brushing' techniques and the infant will be happier to oblige!. This design will lessen the stress, and help make a happy relationship between child and toothbrush. Also, it may be an incentive for those parents who, unfortunately, do not even try.
A soft toothbrush designed for easy use in little hands / Accredited by the BDA