when should i start to brush my sons teeth??

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 months old has two bottom teeth with one or two more about to pop out on top his diet is solids with combine breast and bottle feeds ...he is currently teething and in some pain as a result i dont want to hurt him so should i wait or start now ??

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Anna - posted on 05/31/2010

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As soon as your son starts getting teeth. A) the brushing will probably be relief to his gums and B) it's never too early to start instilling good dental hygiene habits. You don't even need to use toothpaste; use either a toothbrush designed for babies wet with water or your finger to massage his gums and wipe off his teeth.

Becci - posted on 05/31/2010

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Start brushing as soon as teeth appear and then baby will just get used to it as they grow up, so much easier because they like to do it theirselves as they get bigger and you dont have to force them x

Karen - posted on 05/31/2010

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they make baby beginner toothpaste that has no floride. it's for0-2yrs old

Rebecca - posted on 05/31/2010

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Start as soon as the first tooth appears. Never use toothpaste until over age 2yrs. There is extra floride in toothpaste and babies don't need toothpaste. Just use water. Ask your child's Dr just to be sure what he likes but every Dr i have seen has said no toothpaste. My son is 2.5yrs old and we started him on toothpaste around age 2.

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Liz - posted on 06/01/2010

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"Brush" them with a rubber baby tooth brush or a wash cloth as soon as they appear.

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start now! its never too early to start good oral care... just get a soft brush, i have a beginner oral b one. and you can use regular toothpaste, no matter what anyone else says. just use a little dab, like smaller than a grain of rice, because even if he swallows it, that little amount of flouride wont hurt him. it'll be hard at first, but just make sure you keep at it, morning and evening, and his teeth should last him! good luck

Anastasia - posted on 05/31/2010

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I say start now.
I was silly and only brushed them like once a week or so for months, because of laziness and frustration because he'd kick and scream and put on a huge fuss. I think if I'd been more consistant he would have warmed up to it quicker. He got used to it at about 17months. he's 19m now and co ops and brushed like a champ. anyway, my point again is ...start now.

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2010

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thank you all i just did it for the first time he seems to like it ...thou it was probably the toothpaste

Alarise - posted on 05/31/2010

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Hey Sarah,i started when my little one was a year old,she loved it..

well,it was probably the taste of the toothpaste..lol

Nikki - posted on 05/31/2010

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Also I would say that brushing his teeth won't hurt him, in fact the pressure may feel good on his gums, the baby tooth brushes are really soft, the one I have has a rubber type of head and my teething daughter actually loves to chew on it.

Nikki - posted on 05/31/2010

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Start now, even just try and get in there with a toothbrush to practice, if he is in pain and not responding well, wet a face washer with boiled water, cool it in the fridge or freeze it and give it to him to chew, it will clean his teeth and gums and give them a little teething relief while he is at it.

Kerry - posted on 05/31/2010

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well sarah i would start now my daughter got her 1st tooth at 5month and ive been brushing her since then its hard work at 1st but it gets easier x

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