Coloured Bristles on Your Child’s Toothbrush—Do You Know What They’re Really For?

Kids’ oral care accessories are typically garish and emblazoned with annoying characters—although there’s (a bit) more to the toothbrush design than just marketing manipulation.

Infant with toothbrush

Depending on your tot’s age, his toothbrush will graduate in size accordingly; but have you noticed that the little circles of colour on the bristles go up in size, too? The reason, apparently, is not down to symmetry—the coloured bristles are in fact ‘toothpaste indicators’, showing exactly how much paste is appropriate for your toddler.

Mum of two Holly Benn recently posted her newly discovered ‘hack’ on Facebook-– the post to date being shared more than 5,000 times by parents. (You’d think they’d found Willy Wonka’s golden ticket—such is the mundanity of parenthood).

Holly writes: “Tell me I am NOT the only one who didn’t know that the coloured bristles on children’s toothbrushes are ‘toothpaste indicators” that tell you where to put it and how much toothpaste to use!?”

She adds: “It was only last week when I saw it. I was opening a new toothbrush for my little girl and just read the back of it. I’ve had so many and never bothered reading the package.”

Commenters have been largely gobsmacked and grateful for the tip—but there’s always the naysayers:

“Surely it depends on what toothpaste you use? They all have different strengths and stuff in them. As long as child doesn’t swallow toothpaste it won’t matter how much is on the brush surely?,” asks one doubtful mum.

Another chimes: “Are they not to tell you when to replace the toothbrush? When the colour fades it’s time for a new one. This is what happens with adult toothbrushes.”

Both are not off the mark, but the back of Wisdom toothbrush packaging, at least explicitly states:

“Toothpaste indicator shows how much toothpaste to use.”

Did you know this hidden little hack?

Via babylondon