All children are different. Your child may begin brushing on their own when they have developed the manual dexterity to hold the toothbrush and effectively move it to all surfaces in the mouth, an attention span of at least 2 minutes, and the ability to fully rinse and spit. This often begins between the ages of 3 and 6. Parents should directly supervise children until their compliance and technique has been perfected and they always remember to brush.
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- Are electric or sonic toothbrushes safe for kids?
- Can my child use quip if they have adult and baby teeth?
- When should a kid start using an electric vs. manual?
- Does breastfeeding or formula feeding make a difference?
- Should I supervise my kid when they brush?
- How do other health issues affect children's’ oral health?
- When should my kid start flossing or using mouthwash?
- How can I keep my kid from getting cavities?
- At what age do children need to get an adult brush?
- What should kids be eating for better oral health (diet)?