When did you start brushing baby's teeth?
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Brenna - posted on 09/28/2010
We started brushing our daughters gums when she was just a few weeks old, I had read that wiping the babys gums with a wet washcloth after each feeding had health benefits...Once she had teeth we started brushing every day, and now she loves to brush her own teeth (at 18 months) we use the tooth paste that comes with the infant finger brush.
Now with my 3 mo old we started using the finger brush a week ago, and we do it about once or twice a week.
Corisande - posted on 10/10/2010
I started brushing Justen's and Louelle's teeth when their first tooth came through and I use special toothpaste for children 0-4 years old (Elmex) and special toothbrushes that correspont with their age. So Justen has a toothbrush for children between 2-5 years and Louelle, with whom we started just this weekend!!, has a Jordan Clinic first brush (http://www.jordan.no/en/dental-care/Prod...). To encourage Justen to brush his teeth I let him choose his own toothbrush in the shop (every three months).
Kristy - posted on 10/10/2010
My daughter is almost 16 months and has 15 teeth. We try to brush her teeth after breakfast and just before bed. She uses her own toothbrush and a toddler fluoride toothpaste. My ped said that when they are old enough for fluoride drops, they can have just the tiniest amount of fluoride toothpaste. When she was old enough, we tried to give her fluoride drops and they made her throw up, so her ped just advised to use a tiny bit of the toothpaste and that it would be fine. I would not give fluoride toothpaste to a child younger than they recommend to give fluoride drops to.
Kayla - posted on 10/09/2010
I started brushing my daughter's gums when she was a few months old. if you go to the baby section at your local drugstore they make stages toothpaste, you can either get the finger brush (that slips over your finger) or a toothbrush with the paste. I chose the brush b/c I knew that is what I needed her to get used to, and now she is 23 months old and she goes into the bathroom every morning and night and asks to brush her teeth. (the toothpaste should be flouride free- safe to swallow)
Summer - posted on 10/08/2010
i started brushing my kids gums before even getting teeth they were only a few months old....i got one of the finger brushes w/the baby safe toothpaste that comes with it....they loved it, i started them on a toothbrush once they got about 4- 8 teeth and started biting my fingers...lol.... i dont think anytime is too soon as long as your using baby safe toothpaste and a proper toothbrush/fingerbrush...
Kerry - posted on 10/07/2010
if someone could tell me how to get my 14 month old daughter to keep her head still long enough to actually get a toothbrush anywhere near her mouth let alone in it, that would be great! she has a paddy every time i try which is usually in the bath. ive tried letting her play with the brush, showing her me brushing my teeth etc nothing works. She's got 10 teeth now so it's getting on my nerves that i cant clean them!
Phyllis - posted on 10/06/2010
Well this is all new news to me! My 6 month old son has two little daggers on his bottom gum. Does it count that he mimics the dog chewing on her rope and he chews on his burp cloths and bibs? I'll start brushing those milk teeth.
Jennifer - posted on 10/06/2010
i used a brush with rubber nubs on his gums until he got teeth. then i used a baby toothbrush with tooth cleaner. it's more gentle than toothpaste and it doesn't have all the extra stuff in it (therefore, it's safe to be swallowed)
Lisa - posted on 10/06/2010
I started just before my daughter's first birthday, I probably should have started sooner though. My doctor told me to use a flouride toothpaste as the water here isn't flourinated. I hated the idea of that because of all the chemicals that are in toothpaste. The public health nurse suggested using flouride drops and then a flouride free toothpaste for brushing. I put 2 drops of flouride on the toothbrush and then the flouride free toothpaste. I figure Olivia gets most of the flouride as she just swallows everything on the toothbrush.
Sanet - posted on 10/06/2010
My daughter has 7 teeth and I started after she got her first one. It's a bit difficult some days, though, beacuse she bites! I use a finger brish, so it's kind of painful. When a new tooth is coming through, I leave it for a couple of days as her gums are very sensitive then and she doesn't want to open her mouth.
Rozwyn - posted on 10/06/2010
from the moment i could see the little teeth starting to come through, i bought a pack of the mixed toothbrushes and i gave them a different one each day so that they could get used to having something in their mouths. as soon as the teeth pushed through i also gave them the smallest amount of toothpaste as well. i only bought the twins their first real toothbrush when they were just over a year. use half a pea sized ball of toothpaste on the brush and push it into the brush gently with your finger. that prevents them from just eatint a blob of toothpaste. my dentist suggested the i cradle my babies when i brush their teeth as this comforts them as well as me being able to see what i am doing. works like a charm!
Stephanie - posted on 10/05/2010
Ive been brushing my daughters teeth for with a flouride free toothpaste for only awhile now because i noticed that she was gettin a brownish stain on her front tooth, she is only 1yr&5months and she loves it she even lets me know when she wants me to do it and then she does it, but she not too good at spiting out the water yet. :DD
Stacey - posted on 10/05/2010
I started brushing my sons teeth as soon as his 1st 1 came through, we started with once a day and built it to twice a day and now hes 20months old and walks into the bathroom saying Teeth and gets his toothbrush, toothpaste & turns the tap on so i can sort it for him, i was told not to use the toddler toothpaste because its not good for there teeth and just to use ordinary toothpaste thatwe use but only a little bit.
Frenika - posted on 10/05/2010
I've starting brushing my son's gums when he was 3 months old. I can't remember the exact type of toothpaste I used but I think it was Orajel for babies. It came with this thing that I could put on my finger. When my son turned 1, I swtiched to a 'big boy' tooth brush. It was still toothpaste for babies but it came with a tiny version of a regular toothpaste. He's only 15 months so I've been using that every since...
Julie - posted on 10/05/2010
My son is 10 months old and loves brushing his two little teeth. Every morning he watches me brush my teeth before work and then I pick him up and we brush his. I don't use any toothpaste...just water. I don't think it's ever too soon to brush, but I thought you were supposed to wait until they are two to use toothpaste.
Alyssa - posted on 10/02/2010
I started brushing my son's teeth after the first few came in and I realized the milk he was drinking right before bed was just sitting in his mouth. We picked up a tiny toothbrush with really soft bristles. At first he was happy about it and would even attempt to do it himself but now its a HUGE fight every night. He clamps his lips shut, sticks his tongue out to refuse access to his bottom teeth, and twists his head every which way to avoid the toothbrush. I don't know what happened but I refuse to give up this habit! His teeth get brushed EVERY night before bed. We don't use any special toothpaste though, just plain water and rinse the brush with fresh water several times. I'm more concerned with getting the milk out of his mouth so its not just sitting there for 10 hours. Once he gets more teeth, we'll have to get a toothpaste but for now, this is what works.
I started brushing my sons teeth a couple of weeks ago when he first tooth cut through. We were told to do it morning and evening with a smear of baby toothpaste - here in the UK you can buy Milk Teeth which is designed for under 3s as it has a lower amount of fluoride in. He's 10 months old and has just cut his second and I plan on taking him to the dentist when I'm due to go for my 6 monthly check-up in November =]
Pam - posted on 10/01/2010
I started wiping my daughter's gums with a soft facecloth when she was just a few months old to get her used to it. Now that she has her 2 bottom teeth I brush her teeth with just water. I had a dr. tell me that toothbrush at this age is not necessary and that water will be just fine.
Jessica - posted on 09/30/2010
I brush my little mans teeth every day too. But I dont think that a certain kind of tooth paste is necessary. I have the Gerber toothpaste. But my son is also 11 months too. I dont know how old your little one is. I am bringing him in to the dental hygienist around his first birthday and am going to see what she requests or considers.
Danielle - posted on 09/30/2010
The dentist told me that you should start wiping their gums before they even get a tooth. Me? I do it every other day when he's in the bathtub and will actually sit still long enough for me to brush them. I don't use special toothpaste, just the toothbrush. You can buy fluoride free toothpaste though.
Dawn - posted on 09/30/2010
We started my daughter when she got her first teeth. I say teeth because she got four at one time! Her teeth keep coming in in twos and threes. We use Earth's Best Toddler Toothpaste in strawberry-banana on gum brush. She thinks it's candy and really enjoys brushing her own teeth now! :)
Lois - posted on 09/30/2010
I was told to rub their gums with a wet washcloth right at birth. Because even though they have no teeth the milk can still cause cavities even before the teeth erupt. Once my kids had teeth then I started using a toothbrush and floride free toothpaste. My daughter, 2 on Oct 11, loves to have her teeth brushed now!
Brittanie - posted on 09/29/2010
It's never ever too soon. I did the gums as soon as he came out pretty much. bacteria can slip beneath the gums and ruin his adult teeth that are forming if it's not done. There is a special toothpaste for toddlers,however I don't use any because my son just wants to suck it off. haha. as it's actually the friction, and not the toothpaste that clean the teeth it's not a huge problem. If your child will use the paste, and still allow you to brush his/her teeth go with that. I usually do it while i do mine, I get on the floor and show him how mommy is brushing her teeth and it was alot easier for me to do it for him - and now he does it all by himself ! (although i give a touch up just to make sure he didn't miss any spots). He now loves it, and loves being a big boy by doing it himself.
We've just started brushing our sons teeth or shall I say tooth as he only has one so far lol! He's 10 months old and we do it after breakfast and after his milk before bed. He loves it and here in the UK there is no such thing as fluoride free toothpaste as fluoride is essential for building strong teeth. Advice is given that for under 3s a smear should be used and for over 3s a pea sized amount.
Ashley - posted on 09/28/2010
We had an early teether, (first came in right at 3 months) and we started brushing them shortly thereafter. We do use a baby toothpaste, but her doctor has let us know that, as baby toothpastes don't have fluoride, they're actually more about the taste (which makes it a bit more fun for baby) than about health. So no need to use it, a washcloth and water works just as well!
Karen - posted on 09/28/2010
i began brushing as soon as his first tooth came in and i do it in the morning and before bed (using colgate beginner toothpaste). it's been six months since his first tooth came through and he's going to have his first dental visit next month as well
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