Brushing Baby's Teeth?

Nihal - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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Hi, My 1 year old has 5 teeth now and i was wondering how i go about brushing her teeth. She's very fidgety and won't know how to spit the toothpaste out. What do other mums do?

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I am a dental assistant and what we tell mom's with baby's at our office to do is not to use any toothpaste at all. If the toothpaste has fluoride in it they could swallow it which is harmful. Just wet the toothbrush and brush the teeth that your child does have. She might fight you but it's better to brush her teeth every night than go through the agony of restoring the teeth at the dentist. You should also be giving her fluoride drops at night before she goes to bed which will help her forming teeth become strong for her future.

Kelina - posted on 03/12/2010

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My denstist said it's better to use toothpaste with flouride too, so I just use a smear and then while I am brushing his teeth(to the tune of this is the way we...) and then rinse his toothbrush and let him do it himself. That way he sits and listens while I am reading his story before bed. He's learned that he gets to do it after i'm finished.

Alyssa - posted on 03/11/2010

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We bought our son a little toddler toothbrush and fluoride free toothpaste and he loves getting his teeth brushed! Plus having fluoride free toothpaste, it doesn't matter if they swallow it.

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it will take teaching for her to learn to spit the toothpaste,but they make toddler toothpaste that is safe for them to swallow without the fluride in it. My daughter is very fidgety too, but I sing a brushing the teeth song and it helps her sit still as she loves music of any kind.

Ciera - posted on 03/11/2010

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At the grocery store you can buy little baby toothbrush things that you put on your finger and then put the toothepaste on it and just massage their teethe with it. It is a lot easier than using the regular toothebrush. My twins are 13 months and they both LOVE it! I think it kinda tickles. And they always try to bite my fingers anyways so with it just being as if my finger is in their mouth, they don't get so curious and back away like they did with the regular toothebrush

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Geeky Mom - posted on 03/30/2010

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i used baby orajel.Its hard for them to do the brushing in a right way. but u can use washcloth and put toothpaste on it .but continue to teach them the right way of using toothbrush.hard to implement "clean teeth " for that age.give it a try.

Sharrolynde - posted on 03/19/2010

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It may not be nesseccary for you to use toothpaste if you live in an area where they add floride to your water supply. Just give your little one a toothbrush to chew on and it helps if you let him watch you brush you own teeth.

Kellie - posted on 03/18/2010

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My wee girl has 5 teeth also and she has had a toddler toothbrush since her first 2 teeth popped up. I just let her gnaw on the toothbrush with a light smear of toddler toothpaste then when she's finished "her brushing" I have a go and she's quite cooperative. Jus by letting them do it themselves they tend to be happier to "share" .

Courtney - posted on 03/18/2010

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I got the Weleda natural toothpaste and a toddler toothbrush. You hardly need any toothpaste, just a tiny smear. My son loves to brush his teeth after we had him watch us a few times. Now we all brush together and he does a pretty good job on his own but I will take the brush for a minute just to make sure. I just make some brushing sounds and he thinks it's hilarious.

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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You don't have to use toothpaste. Or if you feel you must, there are a ton of kid friendly ones. Earth's Best makes a natural/organic one that's available at Whole Foods or similar.

Leanne - posted on 03/17/2010

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don't use toothpaste yet! I just use water. My daughter is very fidgety too. What I do is first I tell her that momma is going to brush her teeth and then she can. I do while she's in the tub most times. I get to brush for a few seconds and I hold her hands while I brush then I let her have it for a little bit, then I say okay time for toothbrush to go nite nite and I put it back. It works for us but no toothpaste yet! She's too young!

Candace - posted on 03/17/2010

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the toddler toothpaste is fine if they swollow it and it comes in flavors you can make an appointment at your peds dentist and get them a cleaning and the dentist will give you the tools

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i use a toothbrush, but he wiggles a bunch, so i may try the finger brush like destiny said. i also let him have the toothbrush while i'm brushing my own teeth and he'll mimic me and at least get his bottom teeth a bit. it's the top ones that i have a hard time with!

Sharlea - posted on 03/16/2010

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My little guy is 13 months and we make a game out of brushing his teeth. He sits on the bathroom counter and I brush my teeth at the same time, making silly noises and faces. He loves it! And, he lets me scrubby at his teeth in addition to trying to do it himself. It's actually a lot of fun!

Jessie - posted on 03/16/2010

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Do not use toothpaste, I was told by my doctor, that you can just use some water for now till they are old enough to spit out the toothpaste! Hope this helps!

Karen - posted on 03/15/2010

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no need to use toothpaste yet just brush. When shee is a little older use only a tiny amount of childrens toothpaste it recommends a pea size amount on my tube of toothpaste i think thats plenty.

Andrea - posted on 03/15/2010

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I have a 3 year old and a 13 month old and my 13 month od son like to watch his sister brush her teeth then he wants his. He also likes to watch his dad brush to. I use both on them, non and floride toothpaste but i also let him chew on it to get used to it. Its also a great teething toy.

Emily - posted on 03/15/2010

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they have childrens toothpaste and its edible it wont harm her none just get the flavor u think she would like.

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2010

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I bought a baby toothbrush 6 mos + and the baby toothpaste , safe to swallow, and I give it to her after her bath, I brush them first then I give it to her, she pretty much just chews on it but she does try to mimick what I have just done as well. I then show her spit, she makes the sound but not the actual action so until she's old enough to actually understand I will keep doing it and she hopefully will keep mimicking it and then will actually do it :)

Ashley - posted on 03/15/2010

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i brush my sons teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush i got from babies r us, you can really get it anywhere tho, it is safe for them to swallow so thats a big help ! i think its gerber but i kow they have other brands too

Nerissa - posted on 03/14/2010

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My dentis recommends flouride toothpaste as she sees a noticable difference in cavities from ppl who use non-flouride toothpaste or plain water.

Carlene - posted on 03/14/2010

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Im not sure if your supposed to use toothpaste till their a bit older. So i jus use his toothbrush and let him do it. He loves it...

Cindy - posted on 03/14/2010

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I believe the public health nurses and dentists say it should only be water until age 3y. After that toothpaste (pea sized) can be used. My daughter lets me brush a little then she chews on it. Other people say you can use a finger toothbrush or a cloth to rub their gums.

Bethany - posted on 03/14/2010

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she doesn't need toothpaste. I rub Charlotte's teeth, front and back, with a face washer when she's in the bath, and I give her her little toothbrush to hold while she's in the bath. She has 7 teeth.

She knows what "brush" means because she brushes her hair, and she knows what "teeth" means, she can point to her teeth. So when I say "brush your teeth" she puts 2 and 2 together, and brushes her teeth. She doesn't do very well, so that's why I rub them over with the washer.

When you eventually do use children's toothpaste, you use such a tiny amount, like less than a pea, if she swallows it, ah well.

Bridjett - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter is 13 months old. (This is my 3rd chils) I bought a childs tooth brush and some tooth paste that does not have floride. It is safe for them to swallow. I just put a tiny bit of toothpaste on the brush and help her brush. Then I let her "brush" her own teeth for a bit.

Sathya - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son turned 13 months old, and has 9 teeth already and the 10th one coming out!! We brush his teeth twice daily - once in the morning and once at night. I use the baby Orajel toothpaste and toothbrush. That way, he can swallow some and is still okay... We've been doing this from the time he got his first 2 teeth, so he has't really complained. He enjoys brushing his teeth and so its not been that hard so far! Good luck.

Danielle - posted on 03/14/2010

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hey, my 1 yr old has 4 teeth and I brush her teeth in the morning and night. I make funny sounds when I brush them. Makes her laugh and smile so I can reach them all. I use an infant tooth brush from target and you dont need a lot of tooth paste esp for just 5 teeth. Just a tiny dot. Make it fun and she will enjoy brushing her teeth, sometimes I will brush mine first and have her watch me. It seems to help.

Ilze - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter is 1 and she's been brushing teeth since her first two teeth came out. I bought her the baby milk teeth tooth paste and the milk teeth tooth brush. She love's brushing her teeth and when I'm done I let her bite/suck on the tooth brush. She know's by know what she's suppose to do with the tooth brush and try brushing herself. The tooth paste is safe for them, so try not to worry if they swallow. And when you brushing your teeth, let her sit and watch what your doing. They'll pick it up quickly.

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No tooth paste here either. just a wet tooth brush, I try to do it when he is distracted a bit. Sometimes he laughs because it tickles, and he does bite it, but that is okay too! We do the best we can he is only 1!

Keasha - posted on 03/13/2010

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I have this little thing like a rag that you put on your finger & wet, and go across his teeth & gums. I don't use toothpaste at all. He has 4 teeth on the top & 4 on the bottom & he is only 1 year.

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2010

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My dentist just said to only use water until he is about 2 or 3. As far as the fidgeting goes I would just hold his hands down and sing silly songs while I did it on his changing table. Now he is used to it and will let me do it at the sink.

Jen - posted on 03/13/2010

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We don't use any toothpaste either..just water. We brush our teeth together and he thinks it's great fun! Sure there is a little biting of the toothbrush...but I mean he's teething so of course he's going to bite anything that's in his mouth right?! :)

Ruth - posted on 03/13/2010

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Flouride toothpaste for babies are harmful when swallowed?? Oh my!! I didn't know that....wasn't even noted during the past appointments either!
What kinda damage can it do to a child when swallowed (just a smear of it on d brush, but almost everyday)?

Dawn - posted on 03/13/2010

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Regarding the flouride drops....I believe that only applies depending on your area drinking water. I give my son filtered tap water, which contains the neccessary levels of flouride according to my water department.

Julie - posted on 03/13/2010

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I brush my baby's 2 teeth the best I can then let her have the toothbrush in the bathtub for a while! She gnaws on it so I figure she's getting them brushed that way too! I do not use any toothpaste just water so far, but she loves it and prefers to do it herself!

Nerissa - posted on 03/11/2010

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My dentist said it is better to use flouride toothpaste but just a light smear on the toothbrush since it will inevitabley be swallowed. I also rinse the toothbrush and re-brush. She's also very fidgety and grabs for the toothbrush but I do my best! I find it easiest when she is in her bath and a little preoccupied.

Dawn - posted on 03/11/2010

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We use Baby Orajel infant/toddler tooth cleaner. My son always bites the brush, and wants to try himself so it takes a while but eventually we get them all scrubbed pretty good. I do it in front of the mirror, which he loves!!

Lia - posted on 03/11/2010

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I just brush her teeth and she lets me, she does tend to bite the brush but i try not to let her. I make sure that i rinse the brush and re brush the teeth. i am not too worried about her spitting out the toothpaste

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