At what age did you start brushing your toddlers teeth?
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Shannon - posted on 04/18/2010
Before my son had teeth I would wipe his gums. Once the teeth came we started brushing with a toothbrush and toddler floride free tooth paste. He loves to brush his teeth and for the most part does it himself. I usually give him his brush and paste before I start brushing mine and when I am done then I will go over his myself just to make sure they are done well. I actually recently bought him an electric tooth brush because he always wants mine and though he did a good job before brushing he does an even better job with the electic one. Good luck!
Meghan - posted on 04/17/2010
I always wiped my sons gums before teeth and as soon as he got his first tooth (6 months) I started. Some people told me that I didn't need to but the main reason I did (besides the obvious) was so he would get used to it! I don't want a struggle when he is 3. He is 18 months now and he gets excited about it and lies on the floor with his mouth open!
Jamie - posted on 08/27/2011
I started brushing them when they came in just with water on the toothbrush everyday, and once she was able to grab the toothbrush out of my hand she wanted to do it, so I would sit on the bathroom floor with her and we both brushed our teeth together, she actually thought it was really fun to do. shes 2 now and knows her routine of when she brushes them and never fights me on doing it.
Melyssa - posted on 04/21/2010
Start with the tooth and gum cleanser pack with the little finger brush. You can find it in the baby aisle in the toiletries area. Gerber makes a good one. You have to start early. the sugars from milk and formula can damage the teeth under the gums before the teeth have even broken through the gums. Once all of their teeth have broken through, you can graduate them up to an actual toddler toothbrush and use either a toddler no-flouride-safe-to-swallow toothpaste, or continue to use the tooth and gum cleanser that comes with the finger brush for babies. :) Good luck!
Jessica - posted on 04/20/2010
You should brush them as soon as he gets his first tooth. Actually it is recommended that you wipe baby's gums with a damp cloth after every feeding. Sugars can cause teeth to decay even before they erupt. That is why it's also important that you don't put the baby or toddler to sleep with a bottle full of milk. Put water in the bottle.
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Kristie - posted on 09/07/2011
I don't remember what age my son started but he still hasn't mastered it. Hes 2 yrs and 6 months old. and he still chews on his brush. I am still trying to teach him to spit so I can upgrade his toothpaste but he spits after he already swallows the toothpaste. He does good on his front teeth and his right side (hes right-handed) and his bottom but when I tell him to brush his top he does for a quick second but wont let me help. Lol
i started after both my girls had a few teeth (around 1 1/2yr).....i probably would have started a lil earlier but i plan on doing it everyday because my teeth arent the greatest and i dont want them to be afraid to go to the dentist (i HATE the dentist lol)
Kim - posted on 09/07/2011
I started brushing their teeth and helped them to do it was as soon as a tooth erupted. I did it early as possible to start them on the healthy path of keeping their teeth healthy and it worked. Even on days when we'd be gone all day traveling, if we arrived at that days end late, when we'd try to put them to bed they'd get up brush their teeth then go back to bed. Nothing would stop them from doing what they had learned so early on and it sure made a difference in dental bills and health. When they were really little and even once in a while we'd spot check to make sure things were going ok or helping when neccessary.
Shaylynn - posted on 08/27/2011
I started with their gums its a little rubber sleeve you put on your finger. You can find them anywhere. All that milk and juice and food can actually give them cavities before their baby teeth even come in so you want to start keeping their gums clean. My children are now 3 and 5 and brish constantly. I let them brush for a but then i brush for a bit. And plus if you start early they wont fight you when they get older. My kids absolutely love to brush their teeth now.
Jessica - posted on 04/26/2010
as soon as they where popping through her gums i was wyping her gums with a soft damp towel wrapped around my finger. then when she got three or more teeth i started with a finger brush and now she is 18 months with about 9 teeth and we use a beginner toothbrush.
Aspen - posted on 04/23/2010
It is wise to start brushing your baby's gums so they get used to it before they even have teeth. I keep a toothbrush on the changing table and I try to do it 2 times a day. I am a dental hygienist and it is much easier to start as early as possible so the child knows it is important. Start brushing your toddlers teeth now!!!!!
Ayse - posted on 04/22/2010
My husband and I started to brush my daughter's teeth shortly after her 1st birthday, once in the morning and once before she went to bed, we take it in turns to make sure it's done properly. She's now 2 yrs 5 months and very independent so she prefers to brush them herself & eating the toothpaste. LOL......
I started brushing my son's teeth when he was 6 months old. As soon as I started him on solid foods. Now he's used to it, but I will continue brushing for him until he's about 5 or 6, although I do let him have the brush I just make sure to get it done. I didn't give him toothpaste til he was 18 months old though. I use orajel, and he loves it. He is just now learning to spit, and he just turned 2. I also floss his teeth daily and have been since he was a year old and had enough teeth close enough together. It helps to start them out as early as possible that way they are used to it, and it helps them have good hygiene later in life as well.
Amanda - posted on 04/21/2010
as soon as that first tooth cut through and poked up a bit. she's massacred her toothbrush by chewing on it (she loves the way her toothpaste tastes). she's 20 months now and has 4 top 4 bottom she likes having brushed, but try to get near her 4 molars and she fusses alot.
Robin - posted on 04/21/2010
I started brushing every one of my childrens teeth when there first tooth poped out theres tooth past just for them and it helps them get in the habbit my 6 and 7 yr old allways brush there teeth now with out me having to say any thing my 2 yr old has now gotten to where she sees me grab her tooth brush and runs right over mouth wide open and my 1yr old likes it becouse it helps to masage her gums when she starts getting another tooth
Vegemite - posted on 04/20/2010
i'm a dental nurse your childs teeth should be brushed as soon as they get them using a my first toothbrush and paste, colgate do good ones. Also children should not be brushing their own teeth until they are at least 10 but they can have go after you've finished cleaning them.
Karen - posted on 04/20/2010
The second that he got his first tooth! We started with the Infant/Toddler toothpaste, but quickly moved to 'regular' toothpaste. We use a very tiny amount. When we are done brushing and rinsing, we apply ACT Anticavity Kids Flouride Rince to a Q-tip and rub it on each of his teeth. Good luck! The sooner the better to get them into a teeth brushing routine that will last their life time.
Phylicia - posted on 04/20/2010
You can never start to early as soon as they can hold the brush give it to them and teach them its for the mouth. My daughter started out young and now at 4 she cant wait for the sun to come up and those are her exact words and bedtime so she can brush her teeth. She is still messy with the tooth paste so I still have to watch her at 4 or it will end up on the floor or mirror or where ever but my advice would be not to wait til they are too old they will take it as a chore not fun or routine
Dee - posted on 04/20/2010
at 7 months. I first took my son to the dentist at 8mths, now at age 2 and 2mths he kind of brushes and chews his toothbrush, this is ok as the dentist has reassured me that as long as hes trying and has a peasized toothpaste for him to " brush " with that hes cleaning his teeth adequately! I oversee this regime aswell so its a good start.
Nicolet - posted on 04/19/2010
We used a wash rag to wipe DeShawn's gums before he had teeth, then once he had teeth we used a finger brush (finger tooothbrushes are usually sold with the baby safe toothpaste). Once he was accustomed to the idea of what was going on we got him his own toothbrush. He'd "brush his teeth" then I'd go over them with the fingerbrush.
Once he had a mouthful we just started going over them after he brushed with his toothbrush. When he turned 4 we got him his first sonicare toothbrush that they make for 4+. He's still adjusting to it, He says it tickles. :)
I have an adult version and I agree..it tickles but nothing has ever made my teeth feel cleaner!
Christy - posted on 04/19/2010
We were brushing delani's teeth reguarly between 12 to 18 months. We usually brush them for her at first to get them clean. Then we will let her brush them for a bit. She does a good job, but if we let her have the brush to start out she will just eat the toothpaste as soon as she puts the brush to her mouth.
Becca - posted on 04/19/2010
I let my daughter brush her own teeth starting when she was about 18 months. I couldn't get her to keep her mouth open any earlier than that. I let her have a turn while I brush my teeth. When I'm finished It's my turn to brush her teeth. I also let her pick out 2 toothbrushes so she gets to choose which one to use and she gets excited when she sees them and wants to brush more.
Kylie - posted on 04/18/2010
my lil girl has always had a tooth brush to chew on even before teeth but also had her first tooth at3mths
now at nearly 3 she loves brushing her teeth its actually hard to keep her out of the bathroom and keeping her away from the toothbrush and tooth paste just keep it low key and have fun with it making songs up is one way i found that works with me but it all depends on ur childs personality what ever works for them
Virginia - posted on 04/18/2010
I started with all 3 of mine as soon as a tooth came in. Just use the finger brushes for babies with water, and then with the baby toothpaste about 15 or so months, then a regular toothbrush when about 2. Everyone has always complimented me on my children's teeth.
Brittany - posted on 04/18/2010
Whenever they get their teeth.. and escpecially if you let the child sleep with a bottle (not saying anything against it, I do it too sometimes) but my dentist said its like sleeping with food in your mouth so the child is more prone to cavities. I started when Jake got two teeth, granted they lose them but you still want them to develop healthy habits and definitley dont want rotten teeth.
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