when should i start brushing my child`s teeth ?

Manisha - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old has 4 teeth..i was wondering if i should start brushing them or is it too early to start??

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Nadia - posted on 01/19/2010

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I started brushing my lo teeth as soon as she had them, with a baby toothbrush and no toothpaste just water.

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Teri - posted on 02/28/2012

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yes, my sons doctor told me to start brushing with fluoride toothpaste as soon as his teeth started coming in so that he would not get bottle rot. he also said around the first birthday if you child has teeth to make the first dental visit.

Erin - posted on 01/23/2010

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I'm a dental hygienist, as soon as they get them brush them. Esp at night before sleep. It's very important to get any milk or other foods/liquids off their teeth before they sleep. At first a small cloth or infant finger brush will work, then you can move to an infant brush with a non fluoride toothpaste. Once they can spit, fluoride toothpaste is best, 2x/day and flossing those back ones as often as possible to prevent decay.

Alys - posted on 01/23/2010

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i started brushing my sons as soon as his first one came through, now after 8 front teeth and 2 molars he often says too brush in the bath, he just chews but im sure it helps with the teething pains

Maia - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have started brushing my daughter's 4 teeth, i was told that once they have a couple it is best to start introducing it. We even use a tooth brush and the infant toothpaste, she even gets her turn to brush them, it's not realy brushing but it's the fact that she is getting a chance to participate. She loves it!

Kerri - posted on 01/22/2010

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where I am at they recomend to take your child to the dentist at 12 months to chekc thier teeth and give them a flouride treatment. My daughter's dentist told me I should be brushing her teeth with the flouride toothpaste because i was using the baby kind that had none. He said to just apply a little dab of this kid flouride toothpaste because too much is not good. However, they need thier teeth protected with flouride as well.

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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I brush my 14 month olds teeth every night, and sometimes in the morning. I use the baby toothbrush (they have age ranges on them) and baby toothpaste that doesn't have flouride in it.

Natalie - posted on 01/21/2010

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You should start, but without toothpaste..just give them a baby toothbrush in the bath or encourage them by brushing you teeth and give them their own :)
I am pretty sure there is a toothpaste available for children aged 18 months. Google it!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had this little finger toothbrush and infant toothpaste that I used from the day he got his first tooth until he turned one. Then I got him a toddler toothbrush that is very soft. I have continued to use that same toothpaste. It is ok if they swallow it.

Vicki - posted on 01/21/2010

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I started brushing Stanleys teeth when they first came through, I dont' know what a finger brush is but I use a little rubbery teething brush, basically they bite it and it's supposed to brush their teeth as they bite, they have rubbery bristles on either side of the brush and Stanley loves it, I do use toothpaste too but obviously baby toothpaste that they're allowed to swallow, trouble is he loves it so much he ends up brushing them (or rather chewing on the brush) for about half an hour, if I try to get it off him he throws a tantrum!

Jeanine - posted on 01/21/2010

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BTW, I think that at this age the baby toothbrush with baby toothpaste is a go...gets him used to the toothpaste and may make the transition when older easier...just my opinion. :-)

Jeanine - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am right there with you all. My 14 month old LOVES to brush her teeth...and she is even willing to let me have a go at them for a minute before it is her turn. Start now so you don't have trouble getting him into the groove! :-)

Manisha - posted on 01/20/2010

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Thanks everyone for th response...i guess its high time then for me to start brushing my baby`s teeth..

Cori - posted on 01/20/2010

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i started rubbing my sons gums with a finger brush when he was reall small (like 3 months) so that he would get used to me pushing around in his mouth... he liked the finger brush texture too he thought it was fun

once he got his first tooth i started adding the tooth paste (the flouride free baby stuff) to keep the teeth clean! i got him a real tooth brush when he was 10 months old and had 4 teeth and i brush his teeth first then let him "brush" his teeth (really hes just chewing on the tooth brush) but he loves tooth brush time and knows that we brush his teeth after breakfast and before bed.

Amber - posted on 01/20/2010

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When we took Alex to the "Baby" Dentist, she told us to start brushing the gums after they eat with a warm rag, and use a toothbrush and swallow safe toothpaste when the get their first tooth..

Mirrhya - posted on 01/20/2010

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Start now! The sooner you get him used to it the better. We started cleaning my sons gums at birth. Tooth decay in children can be really bad, especially if you are using a bottle.

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We found ours randomly at the Bay (Canada), I'm sure Wal-Mart or a similar store would have them either in the baby section or in along with other tooth brushes. If that doesn't work you can always find one on ebay!

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We started brushing our sons gums with the finger brush when he was 6 months old. He was late getting teeth ( 11 and 1/2 months till the first one) but after he started to get a few teeth in we switched it over to a childrens sized tooth brush and flouride free, swallowable toothbast!

Liz - posted on 01/20/2010

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i use a finger brush and baby tooth paste....i got it right @ wal-mart. i would def. start brushing asap.

Robin - posted on 01/20/2010

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My pedi reccomended just using a rag with warm water. But now that my DD has a mouth full and molars, she said to go ahead and use a toothbrush and swallowable paste. I wouldn't put a bush in his mouth until he gets some more teeth. All kids develop differently!

Caitlin - posted on 01/20/2010

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I use the finger brush for my daughters 3 teeth. I don't manage to do it every day, but I try to do it as often as possible, she loves the feeling of the brush, and it's all a big game to her, but she'll scream when I stop brushing because she doesn't want the game to end, so I don't manage to do it every day depending on our schedule. The sooner the better I think, because then they get used to it. I've been doing it since tooth #1.

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