Brushing Teeth

Erin - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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This may seem like a stupid question but.... i was wondering how many people brush there babys teeth and at what age did you start??

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LaWanda - posted on 08/13/2010

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I have been brushing my son's teeth since he was about 2 months. I try to brush them 2 times a day but I haven't been that great at it. But my son loves to brush them himself!!! Its great..

Fessola - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter got her first 2 teeth at about 7 months. And when they where about half way out I began brushing them. I use the Little Bear toothpaste by Oragel.

Nicole - posted on 08/12/2010

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i started at about 11 months, he got his first tooth at almost 10 months. part of our morning routine is we get up and have breakfast, we brush our teeth together and wash our face.
in the evening i give him his toothbrush with a smidge of milkteeth toothpast for him to brush his teeth with on his own while he is in the bath. he loves it

Sejal - posted on 08/11/2010

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my daughter is 13 mths old . i started cleaning with soft cloth immediately n now since a month have started uging a soft brush with a bit of paste n she tries to mimic me n does but a long way to go yet

Rose Ann - posted on 08/02/2010

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hello, started to introduce toothbrush to my girl when she`s 6 month now she is 1 year 2 weeks old. when i give the toothbrush to her she start brushing her 6 teeth. when she`s done i get the toothbrush to her and brush her teeth again..we do it once a day only..

Victoria - posted on 08/02/2010

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My son is now 1yr old, but whenever i try to brush his teeth, all he does is to play with the tooth brush, biting, but i guess with time, he'll get the gist of what its used for.

Lenci - posted on 08/01/2010

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With Abby I used that lil' thing that goes on your finger to clean the gums from the time she was about 3 months until she actually got teeth in at the age of 10 months. Then I got her a lil' toothbrush and baby toothpaste and do my best to "brush" her 3 teeth nightly before bed. She doesn't care for this idea too much, but I do the best I can. I even still use the finger cover from time to time just cause I can get a good feel for her teeth and what I'm cleaing.

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my daughter is 1 and she hates putting the toothbrush in her mouth, whereas a couple of months ago she loved it. I try to encourage brushing but i find it hard, so sometimes i put the toothbrush in and try to brush them for her (i make up a song like, this is the way we brush our teeth after eating breakfast) and hope she sits still...persistance pays off i guess. i figure she might like it more when i start using toothpaste around 18 months (as my dentist recommends).

Amanda - posted on 07/30/2010

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I've been brushing/rubbing her gums since my daughter began eating solids around 5 months old. She is 13 months almost now and only has 2 teeth and one coming in...I brush them now. At bed time.

Chelsi - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son is a year old today and I started brusing his teeth as soon as he got his first one. I brush them every morning after breakfast and when Im done I give him the toothbrush to chew on while I brush mine. Then at night after his bath before bed we do the same. I brush his and the let him brush his own while I do mine!!

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2010

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I picked up one of those kits with four different brushes in it--finger brush, gum stimulator, first teeth, and then first regular toothbrush. Anderson has been using the first three since he began teething--the gum stimulator brush really helped ease some of the pain, and he's gradually gotten used to the idea of "brushing his teeth" too. Now that he has 7 teeth, it's no big deal for mom to stick the brush in his mouth and practice cleaning them!

Julia - posted on 07/30/2010

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Actually, we were told in a recent talk from a dental expert (at one of the government's SureStart baby groups) that new research shows that you should use adult toothpaste from the start (or any that has 1000-1500ppm of fluoride) due to the dental benefits you gain. They told us that in order for a child to suffer any of the detrimental effects of consuming too much fluorine, they'd have to eat an entire tube of toothpaste a day! At least, that's the advice for the UK, according to the current fluorine levels in our water.

We were also advised to steer clear of those finger brushes because of the risk of them coming off your finger and going down your baby's throat...

Gabriella - posted on 07/29/2010

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I use a finger toothbrush on my DD. I first let her taste a bit of the toothpaste by dabbing it on her tongue, then I start brushing on the bottom where her teeth are. As soon as her tongue starts going to the toothbrush, I brush the top where there are no teeth. The tongue goes up there and I can continue on the bottom and the pattern repeats a few times until her teeth are brushed. Easy peasy ;o)



Oh, only once a day this is done and before bed.

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2010

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No question is a stupid one! My son just turned one on July 8th. We started using the fingerbrush, that you can get at any supermarket or Safeway, we he was 5 months old, that was about the time he started getting teeth. We now are using a training toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day. We also had our first pediatric dental visit 2 weeks ago which I was told only to use non-floridated toothpaste as most gets swallowed while brushing. It helps with my son to make it exciting and animated as I can only get in a few scrubs here and there!

Julia - posted on 07/29/2010

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I started as soon as my baby's first tooth appeared - milk teeth are much softer and rot much more easily than adult teeth, so you should take real care of them. Even if you don't give you baby much sugary stuff, any food will contribute towards plaque build-up, so you should clean your baby's teeth every day.

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2010

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Natalie has just turned one and we will start this week.... she has 10 teeth with two more poking through. First dentist appointment is in November

Diane - posted on 07/28/2010

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I went by my pediatrician's recommendation and started when she had 8 full grown (or close to it) teeth, which was about 10 months. She seems to like it. I brush her teeth for her then give her the tooth brush while I brush mine- she seems to get it and follows along!

Melissa - posted on 07/27/2010

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I started brushing as soon as she had teeth, but used a gum cleaner before this..I know I am a freak..lol!

Claire - posted on 07/27/2010

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I started brushing Grace's teeth as soon as she got her first at 4months onld, she's one next week and currently has 13!! So it can be a challenge to brush them when she bats the brush away, has more teeth coming through so sore gums or she'll want to chew her mangled brush! Heyho, i keep at it tho, dont want her teeth rotting!
NB> She is also off all her bottles (has been for past month) and has cows milk & water during day and water at bedtime, to be honest, by bedtime she's so tired from learning how to walk by herself she's not bothered too much with a drink so goes straight to sleep.
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Lori - posted on 07/27/2010

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I have tried right from the start to get Raina to 'show me her teeth' even when she didn't have any. She is 1 now and has 7 teeth, after every meal I tell her to 'brush your teeth' and she will open her mouth and let me brush for a bit, until she grabs the toothbrush and wants to do it herself. We clap and praise her after everytime and so far it seems fun for her. Doctor told me I should put a tiny tiny amount of toothpaste on the brush to get some flouride, even if she swallows it, it's ok. We only have well water, with no natural flouride so every bit helps.

Tiana - posted on 07/26/2010

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I just let my daughter have her tooth brush to "play with". She brushes her own teeth and doesn't even know it. Shes a pretty good job too.

Naomi - posted on 07/26/2010

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oh god i am terrible i mean to do it every night but then she gets tired and starts crying and i forger she has 4 teeth i brush them when i remember

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we do our sons at bath time and he is ok with it - we have done it since about 6 months when he got his first tooth. we only do it once a day and if he doesnt have a bath we usually forget as its part of the bath routine. I will be more strict on it when he has more teeth and is eating more sweet things.

Krissy - posted on 07/26/2010

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ive been meaning to but i cant find any 'baby tooth brushes' anywhere like i did with my boy :( but i can say she doesnt mind the rubbing sensation on her teeth or gums ( espeshally when teething altho she has only 4 teeth still) but suffice to say now im having 4/1/2 yr old toothbrushing problems as all he wasnts to do is chew or suck the paste off.

Kari - posted on 07/24/2010

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I've been brushing my son's gums since he started to really get teeth. So, I guess for about six or seven months, I've been brushing his teeth. He loves it especially when he gets to brush his teeth at the same time as Daddy.

Vicki - posted on 07/24/2010

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I give him his toothbrush while I'm brushing my teeth. He mostly chews it but is trying to copy me. After I've finished my teeth I take he brush off him and brush his four teeth if he lets me. If he doesn't let me I don't push it, i don't want him to hate toothbrushing.

Chantel - posted on 07/23/2010

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I started wiping down my sons gums at about two months and as soon as he got his first tooth i switched to a tooth brush. He is just a year now and we still brush them for him but he loves it! He opens his mouth and lets us brush all of his teeth and gums.

Alicia - posted on 07/23/2010

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I started brushing my daughters teeth when she first got her 4 teeth at 5 months she is now 1 yr old and I have no prob brushing her teeth at all she loves it and I just went and brought a baby toothbrush from the super market!!!

Beth - posted on 07/18/2010

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I started with the soft finger brush what she got her first tooth and now we use a little toothbrush. She has 8 teeth now and I get them somewhat brushed then let her play with the toothbrush to get the idea.

Jeanette - posted on 07/18/2010

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at 11mos old after first dental visit - mine already had 8 teeth - basically run the brush over the front and back of the teeth - i try to brush downward from the gum but right now just lucky to get any brushing done on the regular daily basis of morning and night

Janet - posted on 07/18/2010

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I started immediately just using a soft cloth at least once a day to clean the inside of her mouth. Now at bath time I hand her her toothbrush and I use mine and she tries to mimic what I'm doing. Not too much accomplished, but she's getting the idea.

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