when should you start brushing their teeth?

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my daughter has a couple of teeth popping through when should i start brushing them as they r still not completely through


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Rachel - posted on 11/06/2009




I began brushing my sons teeth as soon as one popped through. They sell Dentiknox teething toothpaste in tesco with a finger toothbrush. I USUALLY BRUSH HIS LITTLE PEGS EVERY EVENING WHEN HE HAS A BATH AND HE IS USED TO IT ALREADY, MUCH BETTER THEN PINNING DOWN A TODDLER WHO NOT USED TO IT.

Jessica - posted on 11/05/2009




I was told by both my pediatrician and my dental hygienist to wipe her mouth out with a soft wet washcloth. I started that around 1 month. She liked it immediately. I use the wash cloth over my finger and wipe her gums and her tongue. She sometimes gnaws or sucks on it as I do it.when she gets a little bigger, I will start to use the nubby toothbrush. The sugar in breast milk or formula will not cause a problem on her gums and mouth, but once teeth come in, sugar causes cavities. That is why it is important to brush her teeth at MINIMUM once a day, but 2 or 3 is better (idealy after breakfast, lunch, and dinner) also while they are still little and feeding several times a day (and night) you can continue to wipe out their mouth (including their little teeth) with a wet washcloth in between brushings.

BTW just so you know, my hygienist said to watch as her baby teeth come in, they will be pristine white and if they start to change color that indicates a problem.

Cherilyn - posted on 11/05/2009




I have been brushing her teeth since she got her first one. There were days when her gums were just too sore to touch from the teething (we would just skip those days). But now she is 16 months old and lets me brush her teeth first and then takes the toothbrush and "brushes" her teeth herself afterwards. Too cute.

Samantha - posted on 11/05/2009




as soon as they show start brushing even if it a little bit throught its fine

Chantelle - posted on 11/05/2009




We use a cloth on his gums, and have from birth, still no teeth, but I was told to switch to a toothbrush then, but that the cloth is good for getting him used to the process.

Natalie - posted on 11/04/2009




i brushed my daughter's teeth (or tooth first i should say) from the minute i could see it, my daughter loves having her teeth brushed ! i read u should do it as soon as the first one comes through.

I do it twice a day

Chelle - posted on 11/04/2009




my daughter got her 1st tooth a week ago, the day after i noticed it had came through a little bit i went and got her a baby tooth brush n kids tooth paste. she loves me brushing her tooth and likes it when i lightly do it to her gums. i think it helps her with her teething pain.

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In here (Finland) our dentists say that you should start using toothbrush when the first tooth appears :) It´s mostly for getting baby used to it, but no harm done if little bit brushing already :)

Tiffany - posted on 11/03/2009




My sister is going to school to become a dental hygienist. She will be finished in May and get her degree. She told me to start as soon as my son got teeth and even before if you want. NEVER use toothpaste though unless it's specifically made for babies! It has fluoride in which your son/daughter shouldn't ingest!

Mendy - posted on 11/03/2009




I have assisted for a dentist in the past and his recommendation was to wipe a baby's mouth out after each feeding - breast or bottle. Once my own child was old enough to hold a baby's toothbrush I just let her have it to teeth on. She was seen by the dentist at one of my check-up's just as her first teeth were erupting and has been back every six months since. She had her first official cleaning at the age of 2 although he checked her mouth at each visit. Take them to the dentist early and they won't develop a fear. We started using the children's toothpaste that they can swallow around a year and 1/2.

Erica - posted on 11/03/2009




it wont hurt your baby if you start now with an approved tooth brush for her age, even give it to your child to chew on, just as long as you watch her, and make sure little bits wont come off it, good luck with the teething proccess

Brittany - posted on 11/03/2009




i started my oldest son as soon as he got teeth, and my younger one is 4 months old and still teething. i bought the gum scrubber and i use it on him and it actually helps relieve the pain of teething. both of my boys love to get their teeth brushed! (my 19 month old thinks that it is the coolest thing ever! lol)

Emily - posted on 11/03/2009




You should talk to your pediatrician, and possibly a pediatric dentist as they can give you the Best advice on this one.

D'Etta - posted on 11/03/2009




You should actually be brushing a baby's gums with the infant scrubber when they start eating baby food... Ask your pediatrician when you should start using toothpaste and if you need flouride drops (it depends on the water where you live).

Pia - posted on 11/03/2009




If you don't want to use a toothbrush you can use a wet washer and wipe the teeth with them. I started using a toothbrush with my son when he had teeth on the top and bottom. My mum is a children's dentist and this is what she recommended to me.

He doesn't like it, so I got a little step stool and sit on that and rest his head between my legs and brush them. I recently started using toothpaste (my son is 16 months old) but only the tiniest amount (like half a pea size) because he doesn't understand to spit it out.

T_cjones108 - posted on 11/03/2009




Quoting Louise:

thankyou for your help, i will give it a try dont think she will like it tho lol

i have been brushing my boys gums/teeth since he was born! he hates it but is now getting use to the fact we do it everyday! they way we find esiest way is tolay him down on our bed and i brush well my husband tickles his tummy! lol it gets him ti laugh and opens his mouth up so i can get in and do a good job! they say to brush 2times a day but if u cant do it right before babe does to bed for the night. hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 11/03/2009




I too started brushing my kids gums, then their teeth as soon as they came in. Once a day minimum when just gums. I'd do it twice since she's getting teeth already. I think it starts a normal routine early about dental care. My kids are now 9 and 12 and hardly need to be reminded to brush. Floss one the other hand ya let's not talk about that LOL! I've even tried the kids dino dental stick, ya d/n motivate them to floss :-) I try, that''s what matters right? Plus they love the pedi. dentist, they can't wait for their next visit all the time.

Good Luck~

Rheannon - posted on 11/03/2009




I have been brushing Alyanna's teeth since she was 3 months old... even though all she had was gums lol. I try to brush twice a day but its mostly just once. She has 6 teeth now and I still use to the finger brush from Gerber. They dont have to rinse the toothpaste its okay for them to swallow it!

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