We’re all aware of that there are different sizes of toothbrush depending on your child’s age, but it seems there’s a little known fact about why the bristles on children’s toothbrushes are coloured – and it’s blowing parents’ minds.

Turns out, those coloured bristles aren’t just for adding a splash of colour to brighten up  your child’s toothbrushing regime – they are actually ‘toothpaste indicators’.

Apparently, the coloured bristles are to let you know exactly how much toothpaste you should be putting on your toodler’s toothbrush at that age.

Taking to Facebook, Holly Benn, mum to Noah, four, and 20-month-old Marley, shared her newly-discovered hack – and the post has already been shared over 5,000 times by parents.

She wrote: “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!?”

One mum commented: “Wow, never knew that!” while someone else said: “Learn something new every day”.

Another parent added: “How did I not know this?”

Holly, who runs Southport classes for the national messy play company Little Learners said she has been shocked by the huge reaction to her post.

She said: “I can’t believe the response it’s got to be quite honest. I am a small local company and just thought I’d be sharing it with a few hundred mums who follow my page. It’s crazy!

“Lots of the usual ‘this must be rubbish’ comments but mostly just thousands of ‘wow I didn’t know this’, ‘I’ve been using too much too!!’.

Holly added: “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.”

The information on the packaging of the children’s toothbrushes states: “Toothpaste indicator shows how much toothpaste to use.”


Want more information and inspiration on everything parenting and lifestyle? Just hit ‘Like’ on our Baby London Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ on our @baby_london Twitter account and you’re all set.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on LinkedInGoogle+Email to someone