How can i brush my 13month old daughter teeth without her swallowing toothpaste.

Shelley - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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She's thirteen months and has four teeth but i dont know how to brush them without her swallowing the toothpaste and water, really need help her.

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Kristen - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son is on floride drops every day and he has floride free tooth paste he brushes with :)

Stacy - posted on 02/15/2010

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I bought some floride free tooth paste for my 1 year old.... She loves brushing her teeth!

Pauline - posted on 02/15/2010

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I used to use a clean cloth and warm water before she was a year old and this worked ok.

Pauline - posted on 02/15/2010

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My daughter is also 13 months and has eight teeth. I make her imitate what i do when i brush my teeth. She tries spitting but struggles but am sure she'll get this with time.

Dannielle - posted on 02/14/2010

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oral-b has a toothpaste line called, oral-b stages. use the tooth and gum cleanser and it tastes fruity, my son thinks it's funny and tries to eat the toothbrush. he just turned one and i've been brushing his teeth since august of 09, he was about 7 months.

KARRIS - posted on 02/14/2010

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Actually, one year olds don't need toothpaste. Just use water. Show your baby how to spit too, so that when you start with the toothpaste, they already know what to do.

Lisa - posted on 02/12/2010

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I always but the training tooth paste that is fluoride free so it is safe to swallow it's in the same place as kids toothbrushes

Sola - posted on 02/05/2010

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Well I could be the only one out there but my boy has been using toothpaste since his first tooth came out and I did the exact same thing with my two older girls (now 20 & 16) and it never did them any harm.
My plunket nurse said there's no harm in them swallowing a little toothpaste but then you only need a little (approx the same size as their fingernail) so it's no biggy.

Heather - posted on 02/04/2010

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technically speaking you shouldnt be using toothpaste just yet. take her toothbrush and wet it down with water only, then brush her teeth.

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There is special baby toothpaste if you want to use it that does not contain Fluoride. That is the only reason that it is bad for them to swallow toothpaste is because of the Fluoride. The best thing that my daughter had for teething was a toothbrush. She liked that a lot better then the teething rings; she just turned one and has four teeth as well.

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2010

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your only supposed to use the teeniest smear of toothpaste on it .. so there should only be a very small chance of them swallowing it.

anyway i've been told to use family fluroride paste by many dentists as there isn't enough in kids toothpastes for it to be effective.

my little boy doesn't like them though .. they're too strong for him .. but dentists recommend something called punch and judy which is fruity.

i've been brushing my son's teeth since he was 7months.

Ashley - posted on 02/04/2010

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They make toothpaste for toddlers that's safe to swallow as it is fluoride free. You can find it on the toothpaste isle in stores. There are a few different kinds. My son will soon be 13months old and he loves getting his teeth brushed. After I brush his teeth and all, I'll let him do it and he gets soo mad if I try to take his toothbrush away! Good luck!

Heather - posted on 02/03/2010

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You can use toothpaste you just need to make sure it is floride FREE. This way if they if the child swallows the toothpaste it won't harm them.

Elaine - posted on 02/03/2010

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We use grins and giggles toothpaste. It's made for babies and is safe to swallow. They make different flavors as well.

Shelley - posted on 02/03/2010

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Thanks Jillian for the quick response, but i'm wondering will water alone actually clean her teeth?.

Jillian - posted on 02/03/2010

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I just use water on her toothbrush. I am pretty sure that they are not supposed to have toothpaste until they learn not to swallow it. I believe that they do make a childrens toothpaste that is safer if swallowed (My sister in-law uses it for her 2 and 5 year old)

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