Brushing your teeth as an adult might seem easy, but young child find it hard to correctly brush and keep their mouths healthy. While brushing your child’s teeth until they are twenty is definitely overkill, you can make sure that they adequately brush in their later years by continuing to brush for them or closely supervising them until they are ready to do it alone. So what can they brush independently?
Woefully, there is no age set that a kid magically becomes competent at mouth hygiene. While many child reach this point at age 8 or 9, your kid’s ability to independently brush depends on whether they have hit the obligatory milestones that show they are able to grasp all aspects of dental care without any help from their parents. Normally, there are three Circumstances to look for in your child’s growth. Once they meet these standard, they should be reach to brush on their self.
Have Grow Fine Motor Skills
Motor skills refers to a child’s ability to direct their own motion effectively. It is divided into two classification: gross motor skills (involve big bodily motion or movement) and fine motor skills (involve smaller motion or movement, usually the use of the fingers and hands). Holding a toothbrush, moving it the good way, and applying the correct pressure are examples of fine motor skills. Kids need to improve and develop on this skill area for them to correctly brush their teeth.
How can you tell if your child has developed fine motor ability? Try to notice them in other areas of regular life. As an Example, a child who has learned to eat with cutlery, tie shoelaces, cut with scissors, hand write clearly, and fasten bows are just some signal that your child is ready to brush their own teeth.
Display Interest in Hygiene
You might have assumed that your younger kid tends to be dirtier than older children. This doesn’t mean that they are not old enough to clean him or herself; sooner, they are just less interested in particular hygiene. Even when they are old enough to keep her or himself clean, they just do not care about doing so. If you leave your child to brush without direction, you have to trust they are properly doing it. This means ensuring that they are interested in keeping themselves clean.
See if your child likes taking baths or showers; if they wash their hands after playing out of the house; if they cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough; or if they immediately put on new clothes after getting dirty. If your kid is not independent in other areas of personal hygiene, it might be an signal that they are not ready to brush their own teeth yet. Always care your teeth, stay tuned with our upcoming next article.