3 Signs Your Child Is Ready To Brush Without Assistance

Posted on: 24 August 2017


From providing them with a happy, prosperous home and a quality education to ensuring they are healthy and well cared for, raising a child can be overwhelming at times. Because you are most likely so intent on protecting your child, you may be placing too much time and energy into assisting them when it comes to their health and wellness. At first, you should supervise your child while they are learning to brush their teeth. However, your child should be able to brush for two minutes, twice a day, eventually without your assistance. Here are a few key signs your child can handle their oral hygiene.

Your Child Is Somewhat Independent

Every child learns differently, so your child may or may not be able to follow instructions better than other children of the same age. Fortunately, you can learn the signs of independence. Children that show signs of being independent are most likely ready to brush, floss, and rinse with your help.

If your child is cleaning up after themselves, putting on their shoes and coat, and following simple instructions in school, they are ready to brush their teeth on their own. Children who complete these simple tasks without being constantly told they need to are likely to be independent and ready to handle brushing their teeth.

Your Child Understands the Importance of Hygiene

A clean and appealing smile is important for your child's self-esteem, but it is also an essential part of their overall health and wellness. Even young children can learn the importance of good hygiene.

If your child brushes their hair, bathes and showers, and dresses themselves without your help, they are ready to brush their teeth each morning and night without you constantly needing to help.

Your Child Is Between the Ages of 6 and 9

Children develop differently, as well. A child who has not even started school may be able to brush and floss their teeth effectively, while a pre-teen might struggle with their oral hygiene. Recent studies have been conducted showing that most children are capable of brushing their teeth without a parent's help, but not every child was able to brush properly enough to remove tartar and plaque.

The study concluded that children between the ages of 6 and 9 were perfectly capable of brushing without a parent's help.  

If you are unsure about your child's oral health, consult a dentist who specializes in family dentistry immediately. With proper education, your child will learn the right techniques to ensure they are brushing in an effective manner.