Teeth and keeping them clean

Briana - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son has two teeth and I'm curious if I'm supposed to be brushing them or not? They aren't all the way in yet, probably about halfway.

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Jessie - posted on 10/16/2010

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I just used a damp washcloth at first but then moved up to an infant tooth brush. my son was 11 months old before he got teeth though so it was fairly easy to turn into a game. we just recently started to actually use toothpaste( he is 15 months now) the doctor said it wasnt really necessary but we started it anyway. my son now begs to brush his teeth. he hasnt been able to get the word toothbrush out but he sticks his finger in his mouth and wiggles it around his teeth and then points to his toothbrush in the holder. smart little boy :) It takes a bit to accomplish and we 'take turns' brushing his teeth so he gets plenty of play time and I eventually get them all brushed. oh yeah, 8 teeth now if anyone is counting, LOL.

Erika - posted on 10/16/2010

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You should brush every morning and every evening (just like adults). Try and make it a fun occasion so your son enjoys it rather than making a big struggle. Teeth are sooooooo important!

Melissa - posted on 10/16/2010

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I'll tell you what I wish I had known- xylitol! You can get it at health food stores and in health food sections of stores. There is an infant xylitol gel that tastes great and it helps protect your LOs teeth (think of how many gums now have xylitol added). You can use it with an infant brush (or extra soft bristled baby brush) or even a washcloth. Swab their whole gumline and scrub the teeth. This gets them used to it and helps protect their budding teeth.

HTH!

Gemma - posted on 10/15/2010

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You should start brushing a childs teeth a soon as they make even the smallest apperance. Remember you need a tooth brush that is suitable for the age of your child and also age suitable toothpaste. Good Luck and the sooner you start the sooner your child will get into the habit of brushing there own teeth.

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