Dental & Oral Health

By What Age Toddlers Should Start Brushing Teeth On Their Own?

Written by
Dr. Nivedita Dalmia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Dec 29, 2014 and last reviewed on Oct 17, 2019   -  1 min read



Encouraging kids to brush twice daily helps early on helps them maintain good oral hygiene, which prevents tooth decay. Learn about when to let your kids brush on their own.

By What Age Toddlers Should Start Brushing Teeth On Their Own?
  • You can give your children a baby-sized toothbrush when they are around one year old, thus encouraging the children to use the brush themself.
  • Although the child may initially play with the toothbrush rather than brushing their teeth, it will ensure a good habit in them.
  • Afterwards, you can properly brush your child's teeth.
  • Initially give your child a wet toothbrush, then after few days when the child has learned to hold the toothbrush, give her a pea-sized toothpaste (non-fluoridated) as the child tends to swallow it.
  • If the children are reluctant to brush their teeth, take a very similar toothbrush as theirs' and brush infront of the child.
  • The child will observe you and start brushing the same way, as children are generally "copy cats".
  • Get them attractive coloured toothbrushes with some cartoon characters. Children get fascinated by it.
  • Keep two bowls, one for rinsing mouth and the other one for spitting (undoubtedly children love to do that).
  • Each time you take them to the washroom, show them the bowls and teach them to rinse and spit properly.
  • After sometime, you will notice that they start doing this themselves.

By incorporating the habit of brushing twice daily (morning before breakfast and night after the last meal), you are not only preventing the milk tooth from decay, but also saving the permanent teeth!

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Last reviewed at:
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