Tooth brushing skills for the children aged 3-11 years

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2009 Apr-Jun;27(2):104-7. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.55335.


Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate tooth brushing management and ability of children in relation to age and gender.

Materials and methods: The study population consisted of 45 children, who attended Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry at V.S Dental College and Hospital Bangalore. Children were divided into three groups according to age: Group I: 3-5 years, Group II: 6-8 years, and Group III: 9-11 years. Each child selected his/her favorite toothbrush and brushed his/her teeth under supervision of one instructor. The grip type during tooth brushing was recorded on a videotape and duration of tooth brushing also was noted. The data were analyzed in relation to the age and gender using the chi-square test. ANOVA was used to find if there is any significant difference between the mean brushing times in the different groups.

Results: The results of statistical analysis showed that in all cases P> 0.05 for grip preferences and P.

Conclusion: The required manual dexterity for tooth brushing was present in younger age groups.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hand / physiology
  • Hand Strength
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Skills
  • Sex Factors
  • Toothbrushing*