Young children do not develop the skills to brush properly until they can tie their shoes alone.  Even then, children may not be able to effectively brush their teeth by themselves until about 9 years of age.  Before that age you should brush your child’s teeth after they do it, to make sure your child has cleaned all of their teeth and cleaned them properly.  As your child gets older, they will need daily reminders and the occasional at home check-up by the parent to make sure they are cleaning them all and taking the right amount of time to do so.  Remember, children should begin brushing as soon as they can hold a toothbrush, using only water at the beginning just to create the routine of brushing every morning and night.

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