when to start brushing teeth

Benita - posted on 10/19/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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my little one is 15 months old, when should i try to start brushing his teeth?

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As soon as a child starts to get teeth it is a good idea to start brushing. They make toothpaste for babies that can be swallowed. Once they are able to spit, then they can graduate to the kids toothpaste.

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I love this question!! :) I think it is up to you! My step son hated to brush his teeth as a toddler so I made up a song for him. He would cry when he saw a tooth brush and after about two weeks he would go get it himself. I now have a 14 month old who says teeth and points to his toothbrush because I passed the song on to him :) Dental hygiene is important however if you make a child scared of brushing the way my step son felt he wouldn't do it. when I made it a game he and my son now love it :) I will even share the song if anyone wants to use it :) This is the way we brush our teeth brush our teeth brush our teeth this is the way we brush our teeth to keep our mouth all clean. I do that 3xs and they spit in between verses lol

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As soon as you can see them. Actually, you should wipe their gums with a washcloth even before their little teeth erupt. Or, they have special little gum and/or toothbrushes for babies.

Stephanie - posted on 10/20/2010

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I started brushing my childrens' gums when they were just babies with either my finger or, as they got a little older by letting them chew on a baby toothbrush while watching them. The gums need to be healthy in order for them to have healthy teeth. You should definitely start with a soft bristled toothbrush and some baby or toddler toothpaste. Let your child try on his or her own while watching you brush yours. Then when you're done you can finish up with him/her to make sure it's done well.

Bonnie - posted on 10/19/2010

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I was told to start brushing even when they just have their gums and no teeth. To massage with my finger or use a really soft toothbrush and the non-fluoride toothpastes they have for babies and toddlers that are safe to swallow.

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Stifler's - posted on 11/02/2010

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You can get little sets of toothbrushes that are plastic and they chew on it and learn to brush with them at like 6 months.

A - posted on 11/02/2010

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I started brushing my sons gums before he even had teeth. But more regularly when he got his first teeth at 5 months. Its recommended to start early on, even with only gums. They make infant toothpaste that is safe to swallow. I get a regular size toothbrush for my 18 month old, and let him help and/or brush his own teeth. Its fun. We do it together and he likes mimicking grown up behavior. I just started using the toothpaste this month, and before I would just use water.

Mary - posted on 11/02/2010

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I started brushing my sons teeth when he got his teeth and he was 10 months old

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You really should start when they get their first tooth. So I'd start right away. I don't use tooth paste even the children's but mine is only 11 months old. I plan on starting on children's toothpaste when she's 18 months.

Tiffany - posted on 11/02/2010

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i started brushing my sons teeth as soon as he got 2-4 of them. i used a soft gummy type brush. i got this cute little set at target it had begging and went up to the reg toothbrushes. he is 2y now and he lets mommy and daddy bruish then he does it. :)

Lee Ann - posted on 11/01/2010

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I started as soon as my little lady got her first tooth actually, she had a full mouth by the time she was 1

Hilary - posted on 11/01/2010

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I started brushing as soon as the first tooth appeared with all of my kids, and we made an event of going to the "gumtist" because for their first couple of visits there were no teeth! It helped them get used to it and now none of them have any issues with visiting the dentist

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2010

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I started brushing her gums at 4 months, because that is the soonest you can use the orajel "toothpaste" before that I was washing them with a washcloth and water the day I brought her home from the hospital. She is now 12 months and brings me her toothbrush and toothpaste so we can brush her teeth.

Sara - posted on 11/01/2010

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you should start brushin as soon as they get that first tooth.My 16 month old has already been to the dentist at least twice and he is goin from the brush you put on your finger to a reg tooth brush.Good luck.

Christa - posted on 10/31/2010

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Even when my daughter was little we let her chew on a tooth brush just to get her usto having one..as soon as she started getting her teeth, around 10 months we bought a kid safe tooth paste and started putting it on her brush every night before bed.

Svetlana - posted on 10/30/2010

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You can brush now just be careful not to use toothpaste that contains fluride, it's toxic and can cause death if the child swallows it, not all kids toothpastes are safe. They will also stain new teeth if too much flouride gets on the teeth since we also have fluride in the water we drink. Happy brushing!! =)

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As soon as they have teeth - start brushing. You don't have to be regimented about it - try giving them a toothbrush with just a scraping of toothpaste on and let them loose with it - it gets them use to the taste and having it in their mouths.

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2010

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We've been brushing morning and night and flossing at night since his teeth came in. I use the small floss wands. He handles it REALLY well. I wanted him to get used to flossing at an early age.

Jessie - posted on 10/27/2010

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I started brushing or wiping my daughters teeth when she first got them in. We have already had one dentist visit for her when she was 8 months old because she was standing by the window and fell. When she fell down it knocked one of her front teeth completely out of her mouth. We took her to the dentist to make sure everything was okay. She gave me a tooth brush and told me to brush everyday with just warm water. If Peyton (my daughter) didn't like it then I could use the paste. But it wasn't necessary. She has her second dental appointment at the beginning of the month.

Jackie - posted on 10/27/2010

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i think i am going to write the same as everyone else really :) my baby is coming up to 6 months old and he has just cut his first tooth so every morning and every night i rub a little toothpaste on his gums, tooth and tongue :) he enjoys the mini massage! lol

Carisa - posted on 10/27/2010

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It's a good idea to start cleaning his teeth now. You don't necessarily need to use a brush, you can just wipe them down with a wash cloth. Gerber also makes a tooth brush that fits on your finger. I used this when my girls were younger, until they started biting my finger.

Shannon - posted on 10/27/2010

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I started to brush as soon as posable. but definatley after solids are started.

Andrea - posted on 10/27/2010

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I have always cleaned out my kids' mouth. Even when they didn't have teeth I used to use a warm wash cloth and clean their gums so they wouldn't have milk breath. They have brushes you can put on your finger to give a little scrub until you graduate to an actual toothbrush.

Gabrielle - posted on 10/27/2010

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My pediatrician told us to start at my son's 1 year checkup. Honestly I forget to do it every day, but when we do it my son LOVES it. I think it feels good on his teething gums too!

Marji - posted on 10/27/2010

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I was given the baby toothpaste and the finger brush as a gift at one of my showers. As soon as Emily started teething and I saw the swollen bumps under her gums we started with the tooth brush. I started with a few times a week then after a few weeks we went to every other day and now when she is in the bath tub I give her the finger brush and let her chew on it while she bathes. I will be getting her a little "big girl" brush in a week or so so we can make sure the 4 teeth she has are really getting clean.

Kristi - posted on 10/26/2010

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as soon as they get them! start wiping them with a soft cloth when they are very young infants, and then use a non-flouride gel toothpaste designed for toddlers (so it won't harm them if they swallow it) and assist them in brushing each tooth gently at least once a day (night time is most important) and the tongue. Good dental hygiene is just as important as any other aspect of your child's health, and taking care of those baby teeth will help in the proper development of his or her adult teeth and jaw. Be patient! It can be frustrating! We sing a little song as we brush and I hold her on my lap leaning back. She struggles, but we have to do it. Doesn't take long.

Vicky - posted on 10/26/2010

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I started when they began to come out and now they have maybe 2 on top and 2 on bottom and they have thier first dentist appt in a couple weeks just after they turn 1.. By the way i say they cause I have twins..

Amanda - posted on 10/26/2010

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have you been wipinghis gums or anything since he was born? i question how much it cleans but it gets them used to the process. I just let my little one chew on her tooth brush and then every once and a while i maneuvre the end of it and "tickle her teeth". she doesnt give me control over the brush for very long, but after she chews on it for a few minutes, im sure she has reached most of them :) hope that helps

Stephanie - posted on 10/24/2010

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I always heard that it actually helps teeth coming in to be brushed and it gets the food and milk, ect. off of the gums. My son was roughly 4 months old when i brushed his gums ab once a week then once he started cutting teeth (he cuts 2 at a time) i started brushing them more often and now that he has teeth that are all the way through the skin i brush them as often as possible to prevent cavities and create a healthy habit to start =) hope that helped

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as soon as my 1st born started to cut teeth i would pull out his tooth brush and make a game out of brushing his tooth that way it was not such a big surprise when it was time to get down to action

Candi - posted on 10/23/2010

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I started when mine were a few weeks old with cool water and a baby washcloth. Use the baby ones to reduce fuzz and loose thread. Let them chew on it. They like the water they can suck out of it! When they get their first tooth, start using a baby toothbrush on it. I would also let my kids chew on the toothbrush. I guess it feels good. Sort of a massage on their gums. I also took my kids to the dentist at their first birthday then they went every 6 mos since the age of 3. They love going to the dentist

Patti - posted on 10/23/2010

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Even before your child gets teeth it's a good idea to even brush the gums before teeth come in, but definetly when they get there first tooth.

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You should brush your childs teeth as soon as he has teeth. It Is SOOO important! Especially when they take a bottle at night. Since he is already 15 months old you should be brushing his teeth twice a day with a childs tooth paste, they dont contain fluoride just in case he swallows it. So it is harmless. And he will probably like the way that it tastes. You should take him to the dentist, even if you dont notice anything wrong with his teeth. My little girl is 16 months old and loves brushing her teeth. She reminds me when she gets out of the bath. lol. Ifyour child does not like the idea of you brushing his teeth or you feel that you are not getting to really brush them the way they should, I suggest this method.. Hold him facing you with his legs wrapped around your waiste, let him know that you are going to brush his teeth, then lay him down on your knees and brush away. this is the best way for you to really get in there and make sure you are doing it right. afterwards I let my daughter brush her own teeth, she basically just chews on it, but she becomes familiar with the brush and isnt afraid of it and now really enjoys me brushing her teeth. Try it. It will be tough for the first week, but if you let him play with the toothbrush afterwards he is morelikey to be open to you brushing his teeth. That is my experience with teeth brushing. May work for you. Cam had a dentist check up this week and no cavities, or decay! So, I am doing something right.

Annie - posted on 10/22/2010

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I started as soon as my son cut his first teeth. I have heard some people say that you can start before they get teeth because they can still build bacteria on there gums.

Christi - posted on 10/22/2010

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Umm a long time ago, lol. I was told to start as soon as their first tooth came in, which I did with my son. They have infant toothpaste and brushes and he gets his teeth brushed everyday at bathtime and he has already seen the dentist twice.

Tiffany - posted on 10/22/2010

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I would start now. I just started a few weeks ago (my daughter just turned 1 this past weekend). I don't use toothpaste, I just use the finger toothbrush and brush her teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue and top of mouth with it. I'm going to start using the toothpaste soon, just still get nervous with it lol.

Louise - posted on 10/22/2010

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as soon as your child gets a tooth, my son got his first tooth at 12 months he is now 3 and likes getting his teeth brushed, no fuss.

Sharon - posted on 10/22/2010

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I have six children and was alway told that from the time they come start to take of them just water and a soft tooth brush to start the younger you start the less problems you have as they get older with cavities and the fear of dentist. Call a pediatric dentist in your area, my son is 7 and still goes to a pediatric dentist.

Adrienne - posted on 10/21/2010

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We took my son to the dentist for the first time this year. I have a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a 6 month old son. This is what the dentist told us that we should be brushing their gums to get them use to the idea of brushing teeth before they get teeth. Then when they get teeth keep brushing and start flossing right away. We've always brushed their gums and teeth but we just started flossing since the dentist told us too. But everyone I talk to says they don't bother to floss their kids teeth.

Claire - posted on 10/21/2010

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you should start brushing as soon as the first tooth comes through, my son is almost 1 and has 7 teeth i have been brushing his teeth since he was 7months when tooth number 1 appeard x

Sara - posted on 10/20/2010

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I initially used a warm washcloth after my son's first 2 teeth came in. After he got a few more, I would let him chew on baby toothbrush with just a dab of flouride free toothpaste for toddlers. When he was finished "brushing", I would then brush them myself. Now that my son is 2 years old, he is really enthusiastic about brushing his teeth every day, and helping him to brush is a breeze :)

Joan - posted on 10/19/2010

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now. get your little one used to the toothbrush. i have some that play music this is supposed to let kids know when they have brushed long enough.

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my dentist told me as soon as the first tooth appears and you should take him for his first visit when he has a full set to get him acquainted with the whole process. I've been brushing marshall's teeth since he was 6 months old and he loves toothbrush! I was also told that before 12 months to just use some warm water

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I was told to start brushing my son's tooth as soon as he got his first. He's nearly 11 months old and only has two but he has them brushed everday morning and evening and loves it =]

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2010

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As soon as they get teeth but when they are under 1yr just use warm water and A finger toothbrush or a baby washcloth! :)

Diane - posted on 10/19/2010

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Personal I started "brushing" my babies teeth about a month after they were born.There is a baby toothpaste that they can swallow but instead of using a normal toothbrush I used either a finger toothbrush that came with the toothpaste (but felt that was kinda big for her little mouth) my finger (making sure I cleaned my hands very well first) or a corner of a washcloth as they all three loved to chew on cold washclothes it made it easier...as they got older we switched the toothbrushes to the smallest size available and the softest bristles,still using the infant toothpast.They are 4,almost 3 and almost 2 now and the oldest uses both big kid toothpast and the "baby" toothpast. the other two still use the baby toothpast but all three use reg toothbrushes now and can brush their own teeth,really the only reason they need supervision is because the get distracted and start brushing everything they can reach!! my husband or I still always supervise them but all three understand the importance of proper teeth cleaning and care already...but keeping your babies gums clean is as important as keeping their teeth clean and the formula (or breast milk) can cause things like thrush if the babies mouth is not kept clean...best of luck to you all.

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