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Have you started to brush your babies teeth? If not when are you planing to or when do you start?

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Beth - posted on 02/21/2011

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yes i brush me lil girls teeth every night when she gets in the bath tub. we started this with her first few teeth and now she knows that we brush our teeth when we get in the tub and she even ask for her tooth brush

Kristy - posted on 01/26/2011

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I brush my boys teeth,but that lasts 60 seconds and he takes it and chews on it. He has been teething pretty much non stop since 7 months old and has 12 or 14 teeth now, defiently has 12 not sure if the other 2 have come through just yet. He chews on it and likes it so atm i let him do this as he has a tantrum otherwise and cries as his gums are so sore.

Kristy - posted on 01/24/2011

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yes, I began when she had just her first 2. We used a finger brush at first. When she got between 6 and 8 teeth I began using a toddler brush. We ALWAYS brush before bed, after her final sippy cup of milk and and her bath. I sit her on my lap and brush her teeth, read a story or two and then lay her down. It is a wonderful night time routine! Now morning teeth brushings are hit and miss for us. We have not yet settled into a good morning routine.

Charlotte - posted on 02/06/2011

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We always brush my daughters teeth. We have since her 1st 2 teeth appeared at 7 months old. We brush once in the morning after breakfast, and right before bed time. She loves having them brshed, she gets excited and laughs. I hear most Chilren hate their teeth being brushed, Not our little one.

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2011

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i started brushing padraic's teeth when he got his first two in. they came at the same time, so we started doing it every night before bed and every morning before getting ready for our day. we use the finger brush and toddler toothpaste, and i'd brush his teeth and gums. he tries to chew on it, but sometimes i'll just jam a finger between his gums so he can't chomp his mouth closed lol it makes it easier and it allows it to go quicker. he's getting used to it, and he really has fun with it!

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Antonia - posted on 05/19/2012

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as soon as both of my children cut their first teeth, i began to brush them. at first, the gums were tender, so i just cleaned the tooth and tongue with a soft washcloth to get them accustomed to an instrument going into the mouth and prodding. they didn't like that.

as more teeth came out i got a soft brush and brushed gently. the gums are tender so it is uncomfortable for them. as they got used to the morning routine, i got the flavoured toothpastes. they like to eat it so it is like a game/race to brush the teeth before they swallow the lump, which is why i get the toddler toothpastes because one ought not to swallow the toothpastes.

i hope that my post helped.

Casey - posted on 02/05/2011

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I began brushing his gums before he had teeth. Now, every morning he "brushes" his own teeth while I get dressed, then I go back and really brush them well.

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2011

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my daughter is 14 months and has been brushing her teeth since 7 months. She now brushes her own teeth

Sharon - posted on 02/03/2011

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My twin girls are 14 months old. I think we have been brushing every day at bath time for a few months now.

It's easiest if you sit your baby on the sink facing the mirror and try to get your baby looking at the mirror while you brush the teeth (looking at the mirror too).

Barbara-ann - posted on 02/03/2011

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my little guy loves his toothbrush since he got teeth i give to him and sucks on it plays with it in his mouth :)

Niki - posted on 02/03/2011

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christine apparently we are not supposed to use toothpaste with flouride on the baby's teeth as it is not safe for them (what I've heard) my mom gets young living oils so she has given my boys toothpaste from there to brush there teeth my older one didn't mind it when he was little, but my little one does not like the taste. I have heard just use a toothbrush and water. Hope that helps.

Tina - posted on 02/03/2011

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We started brushing our daughters 4 teeth when she was 10 months but realised that she swallowed the junior tooth paste(aquafresh). At that age they are not expected to spit yet the tube doesnt indicate whether its harmful to swallow or not. I brush her occassionally tho she bites and grabs the t.brush away from me and throws it down. I would also like advise on what to use when brushing, any specific toothpaste?

Emily - posted on 02/02/2011

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i started "brushing" my son's teeth/gums at 5 months. i had gotten a finger brush for when he didnt have any teeth and then once he got teeth i was able to go get a toothbrush for his age range. they usually come with its own toothpaste because big people toothpaste is too harsh and doesn't have the floride needed

Paula - posted on 02/01/2011

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We have been brushing since they had their 1st couple of teeth. We do it first thing in the am and right before bed. The both will let me start, but then they want to do it theirselves. So, I just sit on the floor and brush by teeth while they watch me and work on their own. :)

Candice - posted on 01/31/2011

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From about 7 months we started my sons teeth. Now at 13 months he takes the brush himself and tries to brush!

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Yes I started Brushing Jack teeth at 4 months when he got his first 2 now he has 12 teeth... the Pediatric dentist I consulted said you should brush infants/toddlers teeth as soon they cut a tooth.

Simone - posted on 01/30/2011

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My 13 month old has 2 teeth on the bottom that we've been brushing for about a month now. I bring her in the bathroom with me and I brush my teeth first while she watches. Then she lets me brush hers... eventually she grabs the toothbrush and tries to do it herself. She loves it. Biggest battle is getting her to stop. lol

Christine - posted on 01/29/2011

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i started when her four front teeth were properly through about 2-3months ago and now every morning when i say its time to brush your teeth she goes running through to the bathroom-so sweet lol

Stacey - posted on 01/29/2011

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My little girl loves to brush her teeth. We started at 10months, she started by watching me brush mine and she always wanted a turn so we bought her own. We brush our teeth together in the morning straight after breakfast then she gets her toothbrush in the bath at night too. She always tries to share her toothbrush with me now too which is cute, I let her brush my teeth a little then I brush hers a little just to make sure they get brushed properly. She tries to copy me by brushing now rather than just sucking on it.

Belinda - posted on 01/29/2011

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My daughter wont let me brush her at all most of the time but she is happy to sit there and suck on her took brush and gets the odd stroke in there while she watches me brush mine. I always try to brush them properly for her after shes had her try but 9 times out of 10 she just throws a tanty. My plunket and dental nurse told me the toothpaste designed for babies is no good doesnt actually provide any protection that your better to use a teeny tiny glob of adult toothpaste so thats what we use.

Raelene - posted on 01/28/2011

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My daughter is 13 months old and started brushing her teeth at 7 months when she got her first tooth. Wanted her to be in good practice for it

Dawn - posted on 01/28/2011

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we started to brush soon as 1 st tooth appered and now we do it every night befor bed

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I started Logan with a tooth brush at 4 months when the first tooth came out. He now has 10 teeth. I started everytime I brushed mine I got his brush out and he chewed on it the entire ime, then I take it and brush them. Now any time I say did you brush your teeth he gets so excited and runs to the bathroom saying "teeth teeth teeth" until I give him his brush. He does not do much good but he will as he gets older and I always help too.

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Thanks for all your input! Itoday I bought colgate infant/toddler toothpaste and a pink and blue colgate toothbrushes for them to try. I'll give it a whirl in the a.m.

Kim - posted on 01/26/2011

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Yes, and he loves it. It is something we do together and I can't get it away from him afterwards. You are suppose to start as soon as they get their first tooth. Also I have heard it is not good to put them to bed with a bottle, it will sit on their teeth and cause decay. After brushing before bedtime, give them water if they are thirsty. Hope they like it.

Heidi - posted on 01/25/2011

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Been brushing since 6 months old when his first two teeth popped thru, been consistent with it and he gets sooo excited when its time to brush his teeth. Hopefully that same attitude continues years down the road. We use the baby toothpaste with no flouride.

Allycia - posted on 01/25/2011

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the finger brush did not go over well so we went straight to the toddler brush.. we brush every morning and every night right before her bedtime routine.

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2011

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no, I don't because she still doesn't have any!! That's right, she's 13 months old and we're STILL waiting for that first tooth...

Brenda - posted on 01/23/2011

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yes I brush my babys teeth I started when her first couple teeth came out.

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