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At what age should children start to brush their teeth? Do you do it for them or let them work it out themselves?

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Kids should be introduced to a toothbrush once their back teeth appear. Before that use finger to clean after every meal/snack. Till 4 years of age, parents are advised to brush for their kids and till 8 years under supervision. This will ensure healthy teeth.
Great question. My nieces started early. As soon as they started developing teeth.
We started with both kids once they started getting teeth. You can get age appropriate tooth brushes and tooth paste. For our toddler he does a pretty good job of his teeth on his own but I might help to make sure he gets his back teeth cleaned properly. Good teeth care should start young.
You're supposed to start brushing their teeth as soon as they errupt. We started with a clean washer and a finger rather than a toothbrush. With my daughter we used to try and forcibly brush her teeth when she was little and it was horrible, so we moved to trying things like brushing each other's teeth and gradually she has learned to brush her own. With my son we have let him learn to brush his own by watching us and his big sister. His technique's not quite there yet but he's getting in to good habits and actually likes doing it which is easier on everyone. The kids don't use toothpaste yet, just a brush and water and a rinse afterwards.
As you as you see some upper-lower teeth action, I'd say jump right in - starting off with soft bristles and gradually making your way up if need be.
As soon as they have teeth. I started out giving my daughter her little tooth brush with a tiny bit of tooth paste while she was in the bath to make it fun.
when they first get a tooth and make it fun and a soft brush to get them used to it early in their life. no good when they have teeth then do it, it might be too late.

electric toothbrushes can be fun. I remember when i was really little and my siblings we had different animal ones for each of us to esp. to use. It made us want to use our toothbrushes.
I think once they have some back teeth, but do not really remember when my kids started!
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