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At what age do kids have the focus and control necessary to get teeth really clean?

Erin Patrice O'Bien

At about age 6 or 7, children can begin brushing while a parent supervises, says Paul Casamassimo, D.D.S., professor of pediatric dentistry at Children's Hospital of Columbus in Ohio. By age 11, most children will be able to go solo. "It varies depending on the child, but by then kids generally have the skill and spatial understanding of what they're doing with the bristles," he says.

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Copyright © 2003. Reprinted with permission from the May 2003 issue of Child magazine.

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