When will my child be able to brush on his own?

Children Brushing Alone | Temple TX DentistWe’re so glad you asked that question! You may be surprised to hear the answer – even children who are capable of brushing on their own will still need supervision until they are about 10 or 11 years old!

It takes several years just for your child to develop the coordination necessary to hold the brush properly. At Temple Dental Trails, we recommend that you brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are old enough to tie their own shoes, usually around age six.

Even then, you should not allow your child to brush without supervision until they are about 10 or 11. You know from your own oral hygiene that brushing and flossing take some coordination and understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish. Your child may not see brushing as important, but you know better!

Help your child develop proper brushing techniques AND understand why oral hygiene is crucial. Monitoring their brushing and flossing, along with regular trips to the dentist, is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your child. An ounce of prevention now will help your child enjoy good oral health long into adulthood.

Please call our Temple, TX dental office to arrange an appointment for your child’s next cleaning. One of our friendly dental hygienists will be happy to show you and your child the best way to brush and floss.