When is a good time to start brushing baby's teeth/gums?

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Dorothy - posted on 09/04/2009

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Before they get teeth, start rubbing their gums with a wash cloth after feeding them. They will get use to that feeling. When they get teeth, use a soft toothbrush. Get one for them to teeth on.

Samantha - posted on 08/08/2009

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Thanks again for all the wonderful comments... I was just starting to wonder about it and thought I would ask!

Camille - posted on 08/07/2009

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My pediatrician didn't say anything to me about brushing gums... And I don't remember reading anything about it... My daughter just got her first tooth last week and that's the first I thought about dental hygiene for her. If you're supposed to start before they get teeth, that's new to me, and it's too late for us now, hahah. We got Gerber Grins & Giggles Infant Tooth & Gum Cleanser and we're supposed to start using is once a day. I'm starting later today, we'll see how it goes... Sorry, not a very helpful post!

Kristina - posted on 08/06/2009

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I am trying to get in the habbit. It's good to hear the advice. Thank you.

Fiona - posted on 08/06/2009

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Don't forget toothpaste is basically made up of a high percentage of sugar? Yep..so when you do start to let baby use a toothbrush and paste please please go to the health food shop and buy a natural one.

Julie - posted on 08/06/2009

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I brushed both my boys gums from 4 months on (just once a day at first) I used a normal baby brush, wet but no toothpaste until the first teeth came thru, then a tiny smear of baby toothpaste. By the time the teeth came thru, they knew the score and I had no problems with them accepting the routine.

Carianne - posted on 08/04/2009

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If you start early as opposed to late your baby will get used to it as she grows. Not to mention it will help your baby's gums to be healthy. The teeth are allready there; you just can't see them yet!

Krista - posted on 08/04/2009

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Amber......I wouldn't worry about brushing your child's gums just yet. Babies tend to have very strong gag reflexes early on and given the post that you made about your child spitting up, you don't want to agitate that. I'd wait at LEAST until the 6 month mark and buy the toothbrush that fits over your finger. Although, I didn't start brushing my son's teeth until he actually HAD them.

Amber - posted on 08/04/2009

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Girls,

I am not the one who posted this obviously but im glad someone asked the question. because i was wondering the same exact thing. I have a 4 week old and was wondering when a good time to brush the gums would be, because ive been debating on buying the little thing that goes over the finger for her gums... but the wash clothe thing i like that.. so just wanted to say thanks ladies!

Cindy - posted on 08/04/2009

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My daughter at about 6 - 7 months found a toothbrush very fun and is always ready to brush her teeth in the morning and before bed at age 4.

Danielle - posted on 08/04/2009

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I started doing this really at birth. I started with just a wet wash cloth and would just wipe the inside of my sons mouth. I started using a finger brush when he was about 3 months old. He is now 3 years old and loves brushing he's teeth. He never lets me forget he needs his teeth brushed.

Annette - posted on 08/04/2009

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I always brushed his gums since he was newborn with the brush that fits over ur finger, now he has teeth and I brush them 2 sometimes 3 times a day. usually right after he has a solid meal.

Stephanie - posted on 08/04/2009

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We started cleaning our baby's mouth with a wet wash cloth and a finger from the time he was born... We were told to get him used to having his gums "brushed" and his mouth cleaned so that when he started getting teeth and using a real toothbrush, he would already be used to having something like that in his mouth. He has always really liked having his mouth cleaned, so it's never been a big deal!

Bonnie - posted on 08/04/2009

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Some people begin to brush their babies gums before the baby has teeth (there are special brushes just for this), but I usually begin to brush when they actually have teeth. I guess it is up to you. :)

Heather - posted on 08/04/2009

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I started when they started cereal. They make the baby "toothbrush" that fits over your finger and you use the baby toothpaste it comes with. You massage the gums. As they get older and get teeth you can move to a toothbrush, a baby one, that is really small. You can ask your pediatritian what they reccommend. Gerber makes them.

Keri - posted on 08/04/2009

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My daughter at about 6 - 7 months found a toothbrush fascinating! I keep one in her bathtub with her toys (just run it through the dishwasher every couple days) and she chews and plays with it, cleaning her own gums. Now that she has teeth (at 10 months), I still let her play with the toothbrush, but we also do a morning brushing routine.

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