Are my kids old enough to brush their teeth by themselves?

Brushing requires both the development of fine motor skills, patience, and attention to detail. Most kids are not able to properly brush their teeth without help until they are between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. Your dentist can watch your child and help you determine when he or she is old enough to brush independently. In the meantime, encourage your child to brush but follow up and provide hands-on assistance.