when/how do you brush your babies teeth?

Andrea - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby is 10 and a half months old. He only has 1 tooth that he's had for about a month. He still gets a bed time bottle and I'm worried about the sugars in the breastmilk will decay his tooth. I've started brushing his tooth when I get him ready for bed. I use an infant toothbrush and warm water to brush, then he gets his bottle after, goes in his crib and goes to sleep.

What is everyone else doing? Is there a toothpaste I should be using for the brushing? Do I need to get rid of the bed time bottle now that he's getting teeth? etc. etc. :)

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Kate - posted on 04/09/2010

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i've been really slack with brushing. some of you guys are doing it twice a day! oops. a friend of mine's dentist suggested giving the baby the toothbrush to play with while in the car. they will chew on it while giving their teeth a good clean. i haven't been using any toothpaste or anything. just a little brush.

Michelle - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son is 11 months old and I brush his teeth & gums with a toddler toothbrush and the baby toothpaste twice a day. He has a bottle before bed but I brush his teeth before putting him in the crib.

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/27/2010

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I use orajel brand baby training toothpaste. It's fluoride free and safe to swallow. He loves it.

Cheryl - posted on 04/27/2010

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I brush my sons teeth twice a day he loves having his teeth brushed though he just tries to bite the toothbrush and i use a baby milkteeth toothpaste for him.

Raina - posted on 04/14/2010

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I bought my daughters toothbrush at Wal-Mart but I am sure you can probably find something similiar at a different store. It's an infant finger toothbrush. It's this little plastic piece that slides onto you finger and has really small soft bristles in it. It also comes with baby-safe toothpaste that can be swallowed by your baby. I just put a little bit on the brush and gently brush the surfaces of his teeth. Both sides. It's easy because it's just your finger with something over the top of it. I would definately not allow your son to fall asleep with a bottle because that causes what is called "baby bottle tooth decay". Try feeding him before you brush his teeth and then put him to bed with a binkie but I would definately not let him fall asleep with a bottle.

Ayisha - posted on 04/13/2010

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Check with your dentist they now do a scheme called child smile and they will provide you with the correct toothpast and proper baby brush, I brush my little girls every morning and try at night if she doesnt fall asleep to quickly after bottle

Denise - posted on 04/10/2010

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Ditto the playing/chewing on the toothbrush. My son will not let me clean his teeth for him, he just clamps down and purses his lips. So I hand him the toothbrush while I brush my teeth and let him chew away.

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I use water as well. (same age 2 teeth so far) And our pediatrician gives us flouride drops since our city water doesn't have it. I think with my older child I used water until she learned to spit and then i started some "training toothpaste" which is used to teach them to spit but doesn't have flouride. Then when they're good at spitting they can switch to kids toothpaste with flouride in it.

Maria - posted on 04/10/2010

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hey andrea my daughter was 2weeks ago in hospital and they told us they are ready to be on such a routine if you want to have some advise 8 h bottle milk 10 h fruit 12 h bread with jam or so 14h milk 16h milk,tea,cooldrink 18h30 vegetables and then 19h30 the last bottle then you brush the teeth then he can sleep through hope you will succeed with this my daughter is also 10 and half monhts old

Anna - posted on 04/10/2010

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I went to toys r us and bought the "starter toothbrush and toothpaste". The toothpaste has no fluoride in it. I brush her whole two teeth =) and then let her brush her teeth and she has caught on very well. I always put her in the high chair before doing this though. and she is 10.5 months also

Diane - posted on 04/09/2010

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My daughter has 6 teeth and I brush them every night after her bath, just with water. I let her play with the toothbrush while i'm putting her PJ's on, keeps her still for 2 minutes! Also, when i'm brushing my teeth I sit her in front of me with her toothbrush and she watches me and copies what i'm doing.

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2010

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my son is also 10 months + change. he also takes a bottle a night occasionally but i brush his teeth every morning and every night. i also try to take him to the bathroom with me a few times a day and get his tooth brush with some paste and just let him chew on it for a while. hes got 4 teeth and they r very white.

Lacey - posted on 04/09/2010

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I use one of the rubber massagers. Your supposed to massage/brush the baby's gums and any teeth 2 times a day. But be sure to get the gums as well, that's very important.

Tracy - posted on 04/08/2010

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I give my daughter(10 1/2 months old) fluoride from her doctor, and wash her teeth with warm water and a soft wash cloth. I try and give her water after her bottle, as well.

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