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Sacha - posted on 09/30/2010
it's never too early to start! By brushing the gums you are releiving the pressure on them from the tooth pushing under, and teaching good habits of brushing teeth. My 17 month old brushes his teeth twice a day (once with toothpaste specially for kids that can't spit it all out yet).
Start slow... brush her teeth for her, and if she doesn't let you, give her a toothbrush and brush your teeth in front of her, she will mimic you and have fun with it. Exaggerate your actions, and she will get the point fast enough! What ever you do don't force her, she will choose her pace and tell you more or less what she wants.
we can't go in the bathroom without our son demanding his tooth brush!
Crystal - posted on 01/23/2011
When my daughter started to get teeth, but not enough to brush them, i went out and got a finger tooth brush from walmart, you slip it on your index finger and on side massages their gums while the other has soft bristles to clean the gums and teeth. When she started to get more teeth i bought her a toothbrush just to chew on to get her used to it and now every morning she brings me her toothbrush and asks me to brush her teeth. Basically i dont think theres a time thats too early to try to start taking care of their teeth.
Michelle - posted on 12/19/2010
The earlier you brush there teeth the better. Just with water thought till they are able to spit then there is toddler tooth paste. Because it massage's there gums to help with pain, gets them used to brushing so they don't fight you later, and keeps them clean
Katie - posted on 11/30/2010
I have been brushing my son's teeth since about 8 months. And he loves brushing his teeth now. I started out brushing them myself and then giving him the tooth brush to play with in the bath tub so he got used to what it was. Now when he sees the tooth brush he opens his mouth really wide and lets me brush his teeth with no problems
Amanda - posted on 11/29/2010
it is never too early to start brushing teeth but only buy the training toothpaste until your baby learns to spit it out cause swallowing regular tooth paste can make them sick also find a children's dentist my son is 19 months old and has already had his 2nd dentist appt about 2 months ago it's good to start the habits early i do not want my children to go through what i did i only remember going to a dentist once my entire childhood life and my mom never forced me to brush my teeth growing up and i have had a bunch of cavities because of it good luck and persistance is the best thing :)
Meagen - posted on 11/28/2010
My daughter loves to brush her teeth. She has even been to see the dentist already. i started brushing them from when she got her first tooth. I want her to have an interest in having good dental hygiene. The younger you start the more the habits will stick with the child.
Anna - posted on 10/13/2010
I started brushing my daughters "teeth" at 10 months massaged her gums when she was like four months. She likes the taste of her flouride free toothpaste and she will occasionally hold her own brush but she's dropped a few so i normally do it for her. It doesn't bother me and she's learning.
Julie - posted on 10/09/2010
I started brushing my son's teeth when he got his first and every morning and night he comes in the bathroom with me and ask's for his toothbrush and brushes his teeth with me, I still give them a bit of brush for him first then let him do the rest.
Joanna - posted on 10/07/2010
My son is 17 months and he has12 teeth! (his 4 incisors on top and bottom and a molar on each side of mouth, top and bottom.) I took him to the dentist for the first time about a month ago. While I had been brushing his teeth without toothpaste, I never wiped his gums before. The Dentist did say that on top of brushing hte teeth to make sure not to ignore the gums. He also noticed some of my son's teeth were close together so now I'm flossing too! He was okay with me not using toothpaste right now until he's 2 and understands the spitting thing better, and since my water has flouride in it. So we are all pretty much saying the same thing: start brushing! But do start slow, give him his own toothbrush and have him watch you brush your own teeth. The dentist, well hygenist, also said to go in circular motions, not to forget the back of the teeth, continue to help with brushing until about 6 or 7 yrs old, and to not let him sip on milk or juice throughout the day, to keep it at meals and brush after he's done eating/drinking cuz of the sugars in milk/juice. Don't force it, have fun with it, don't let him run around with a toothbrush and Good Luck!!
Chris - posted on 10/07/2010
i think you should start brushing them now. i know a woman with a three year old that just had to be put under general anesthesia so that the poor kiddo could get a root canal. i would avoid that misery and worry.
my 18 month old chews his tooth brush twice a day and i follow up at night. we don't use any tooth paste yet...
We have been brushing my son's teeth since his first tooth came in. We use a regular child size soft toothbrush and baby orajel toothpaste. Up until now it has only been part of his bedtime routine. We will add the second recommended tooth brushing to his daily routine really soon.
Shannon - posted on 10/05/2010
My son has had little toobrushes since he was 4 months. The ones with little rubber bumps. It was not until he was 12 months that we started using toothpaste for milk teeth. We do not rinse teeth as it washes away the goodness of the toothpaste. My son is very happy to do his teeth, he will run to the bathroom and get it himself now. He does have 16 teeth already (a lot I know), but I feel the earlier the better even just getting them to play with it and chew it with a bit of kids toothpaste does them good.
Krista - posted on 10/02/2010
I brushed both my kids teeth as soon as they came in. They make toothbrushes just for kids and babies and have soft bristles that won't irratate the gums. They also have tooth paste that you dont have to worry about if the kid swollows. My kids, both of them, cut four teeth at a time, by the time they were one year old they both had a full set of teeth. Brushing is very important, specially if you have had cavities yourself and share, drinks food ect. with your kids. Studies have shown that kids don't come with the bacteria that causes cavaties, but are given them by the partents from sharing drinks ect. So very important to start brushing from an early age. And my kids love to brush their teeth. My 18mnth old can't do a great job on her own right now, but she has the right idea and will brush her teeth at every oppurtunity she gets. Never to young to start.
Jennifer - posted on 10/02/2010
I have been using the oral gel clensing gel since my daughter was about 4 months. It helps keep the gums clean and teeth when they start coming in. She is 17 months now and has about 8 and we use oral gel training toothpaste. As soon as that first tooth appears you should be brushing...not only does it keep the teeth healthy, it feels good on the gums
Catherine - posted on 10/02/2010
I don't actively brush my sons teeth yet - he is 18 months and only has his four incisors at the front. But he has a tooth brush and he is given it with toothpaste to chew twice a day when we clean his sisters teeth. Occasionally we even remember to show him what he is supposed to be doing with it as well!
With Olivia when started cleaning in earnest when her molars came through and all those wonderful surfaces in which food could get stuck appeared. She is just over three now and still can't do a good job on her own.
Meryem - posted on 10/02/2010
I Started brushing my son's teeth as soon as the first tooth came through. He is now 18 months and every morning and night we have a sing song while we brush his teeth so he enjoys it more. I put a pea sized amount of baby toothpaste and brush gently for about 2 or 3 mins (or however long my little man allows me)..I think the early you start the better..Good Luck xx
Christina - posted on 10/01/2010
I started brushing my kids' teeth as soon as they started coming in. I had horrible teeth as a child & wanted to try to prevent them from spending visit after visit having cavities filled like I did. I use training toothpaste & my 2 1/2 year old brushes her own for a while & then I tell her it's Mommy's turn & I finish the job for her. I'm trying to teach her to spit so I can start using fluoride toothpaste but we're not there yet. :)
Lynn - posted on 10/01/2010
I've been brushing my son's teeth and gums since he was 3 months old and got his first tooth through,he still hates it and fights me on it every time,even at nearly 18 months old,but it needs to be done and it is never too early to start.
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