Q&A: Can My Child Brush Independently?

When you begin wondering about your child’s ability to brush independently, you may find yourself a bit torn. First, if your child shows enthusiasm for dental hygiene and increasingly developing habits, you might want to let your little one brush solo as soon as possible. However, it is important not to give your child too much free reign too early, so you can ensure those brushing sessions are safe and productive. Allow us to offer some helpful answers to frequently asked questions, so you feel you’re on solid ground.

Questions and Answers: Independent Brushing

Question: Is there a particular age when it’s time to let my child brush his or her teeth independently?

Answer: Each child is different and develops and polishes dental hygiene skills at a unique pace. However, a general rule of thumb is to begin suggesting (or allowing) independent brushing around the age of six or seven.

Question: When I let my child brush, should I leave the room and trust that all goes will to promote confidence?

Answer: No, we suggest that in the beginning, you monitor your child’s brushing habits and continue keeping an eye on each aspects of the dental hygiene session. For instance, make sure your little one is brushing all tooth surfaces, that the session lasts long enough (approximately two minutes), and that your child is successfully spitting out the toothpaste rather than swallowing.

Question: I want my child to become more independent but I’m afraid that there will be consequences if he doesn’t remove all of the plaque that is present. Is there anything I can do other than performing the brushing on my own?

Answer: We suggest observing until your child develops consistent skills. You may also consider dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of hard-to-reach teeth.

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