Should my child brush her teeth she is 20 months old ?

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Myra - posted on 01/21/2010

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Her teeth should be brushed, but at 20 months her brushing them on her own isn't something she can likely do yet, so she would still need your help. If she wants to try it on her own, let her give it a try. There are toothpastes specifically for little ones, but my daughter's pediatrician says toothpaste is not necessary until they meet two requirements: 1. they have all their teeth and 2. they can use a toothbrush on their own.

Marie - posted on 01/21/2010

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My 20 month old will stick the toothbrush in his mouth and chew on it a little bit, and let us brush for a couple of seconds but won't really "brush". I guess we've been very inconsistent with the brushing.

Illeanna - posted on 01/21/2010

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Oh! oral hygiene at a early age never hurt! It is good to brush her teeth. It can get them in the habit as well. I usually brush her teeth after every meal. She knows already how (with a little help and supervision from mommy or daddy).

Renee - posted on 01/19/2010

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We started to brush my son's teeth when they first started to pop in, which was at 3mos old. He now loves to brush his teeth and some times we actually have to take away his toothbrush or he will not stop brushing them. We got him a little stool for next to the sink so he can see the mirror when he brushes and reach the water himself. Since we have done that he brushes his teeth even more often.

Tanya - posted on 01/17/2010

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Definitely, you should be brushing your daughter's teeth. Make sure you brush them for her first, and then you can hand her the toothbrush so she can learn to do it herself. She won't be able to brush properly on her own for many years, so it's up to you to keep her teeth healthy. As others have said, use Orajel because you want to use a toothpaste that is fluoride-free and safe for her to swallow.

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2010

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Our 20 month old daughter LOVES to brush her teeth. We buy the orajel training toothpaste from Target in the bubble burst flavor. Madelyn loves to do it herself so I try to brush my teeth at the same time as her and then I attempt to brush her teeth myself. most of the time she lets me but sometimes it can be a struggle since she also loves to be Ms. Independent.

Terri - posted on 01/16/2010

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Julie, my daughter and i kind of make it a game. she too is very independent when it comes to brushing and wants to do it herself. i have her open her mouth really wide (as I do also) and we yell "aaaahhhhhhh!" so i can brush her back teeth. then to get the front top and bottem she says "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" it has worked for a bit...she's starting to get over it though so i will have to come up with something else soon.

Julie - posted on 01/15/2010

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My abby loves to get her teeth brushed. She sometimes gets mad because I do it for her and she a very independant toddler. My problem is getting her to keep her tounge in her mouth so i can get those bottom front toofers. and she bites and sucks the tooth paste off. i cant get her to keep her mouth open so i can see what im doing. Its fustrating but i stick with it, if anyone has any tips for keeping the toungue in that would be awsome!

Amy - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yes, We got a kids tooth brush and have been brushing our son's teeth since he was 13 months I believe. We do it right before bed or nap time. Our son loves it!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2010

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Yeah!! and alot of the time they love it, my 20 month old now tells me . . ."teeth momma" and we go to the bathroom and brush our teeth, he brushes his with no toothpaste and then momma gets the back teeth and does an overall brushing, it's great to get them started and if your kid is anything like most she'll love being a big girl and brushing her teeth, thats what I tell my son. . .oh and we got him a musical toothbrush and we dance and brush, he cracks up lol :)) Hope you guys have fun!!

Cara - posted on 01/14/2010

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I agree with every1 else, my daughters 1st tooth didnt cut till 10.5 months and within a week she had 4, she always cut 4 at a time and has had them all now since about 16 months.
Shes 20 months now and loves brushing her teeth, we started brushing when she cut the 1st one

Megan - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hi,

I read in the newspaper the other day that babies teeth should be brushed from when they first appear - just with water first then with a low fluoride tooth paste from 18months. My daughter likes the oral b kids bubble gum flavoured one i get from teh chemist.



Cheers

Megan

Christina - posted on 01/12/2010

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Definitely! Orajel even makes training toothpaste that's fluoride-free. My 20 month old loves it and always wants to brush.

Patricia - posted on 01/12/2010

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yes, good oral care is very important from the first tooth on. i have 4 kids and they all love to brush. i started them brushing as soon as they got a tooth. i have a 8 year old, 5 year old, 4 year old, and 19 months old. Out of all my kids we have only had one cavity and that was my 5 year old when he was 3 years old and i believe it was because he was on a sippy cup and constantly had it in his mouth. But brushing is not the only thing that needs to be done. FLOSSING is very important too. They sale flossers for kids with a handle to make it easy for u to do. I hope this info helped u.

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