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Dr. Kyle Nordeen

At what age can my child start brushing their own teeth?

It is important to help your child brush their teeth until around 8 years of age, when they have acquired fine motor skills sufficient to thoroughly clean their own teeth. If your child is interested in brushing his/her own teeth, let them brush first (with no toothpaste) and then you brush second using fluoride toothpaste, focusing on the hard-to-reach areas. It is important to supervise the amount of fluoride toothpaste your child uses when brushing; use a rice grain-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste for children under 3 years, and a pea-sized amount for children between 3 to 6 years of age. For tips and tricks on brushing for toddler and pre-school aged children, check out our video: 

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