Brush and floss your child’s teeth until he or she is at least six years old. By age six or seven, children should be able to brush their own teeth while you watch. When first teaching your child how to brush, you may wish to stand behind him or her and hold the brush. This can help your child learn how to brush the right way.
Make choosing a toothbrush a fun activity for you and your child. Find a child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles. Let your child pick the color and design. You can also ask your dentist if there is a powered toothbrush that is right for your child.
By around age 10 or 11, most children should know how to brush their teeth without supervision. If your’e not sure if your child is ready, ask your dentist for advice. Keep in mind that each child is different, and they are ready for different habits at different ages.