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When do I start brushing my babies teeth?

Krystal - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My baby is 8 months old he has two bottom teeth and his two top teeth are about to pop out at any moment. I have no idea when to start brushing his teeth. I have a tooth brush for him and it says 6 months +. my son didnt even have teeth at 6 months. So should I start now or wait a little longer?

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Beth - posted on 12/15/2012

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You need to brush them as soon as they come in. You can use a finger brush or a small infant brush with non fluoride toothpaste training paste it is called. It is most important to do at night just before sleeping and never give anything to drink after except water. This will prevent bottle rot. As the teeth come in you need to follow this routine every night. You also need to brush your child's teeth for them even if they want to do it themselves at least 1 time every day because they are not thorough enough until at least 8 yrs. My son is 8 and I still help him. As the back teeth come in they should all be in by 2 - 2 1/2 yrs. you need to start to floss them with flossers mainly the molars because they will be there until your child is about 12yrs. old. This is the main place children get cavities between the baby molars and the upper anterior teeth. Make sure they have a fluoride vitamin if the water is not fluoridated. This should be taken at night. You can get if from your dentist or pediatrition. I am a dental hygienist with a 8 yr old son.

User - posted on 12/12/2012

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my daughter was 3 months when she got her first two bottom teeth and now she had 4 and she's just turned 8 months old so I just use a baby tooth brush and water

Lindsay - posted on 05/31/2010

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"Dental fluorosis is not the only risk from early-life exposure to fluoride. A recent review in The Lancet describes fluoride as "an emerging neurotoxic substance" that may damage the developing brain. The National Research Council has identified fluoride as an "endocrine disrupter" that may impair thyroid function, while recent research from Harvard University has found a possible connection between fluoride and bone cancer."

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My baby has 4 teeth, and when my husband took his younger sister to the dentist last week they gave him a small toothbrush.. so I'm guessing now is a good time!

KRISTAL - posted on 06/11/2010

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I personally have brushed all of my 4 childrens teeth before they ever got them.. I used infant tooth and gum cleaner it comes with a little rubber thing that has brissles and it goes on ur finger to brush them.. All of my children love to brush their teeth..Hope that helps..

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Alohasmile - posted on 05/06/2014

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Start right away with a clean moist soft cloth or gauze, after every feeding, and before naps and sleeping. Most people forget about the gums are the support for the dentition. Care for the primary teeth should be taken care of. Don't take baby teeth for granted because the cavity on them can seep into the tooth buds/ permanent tooth forming below. keep in mind Oral hygiene is more than just brushing teeth, it's everything in the mouth. Clean the tongue, gums, and sides of cheeks and inner lips. Brushing these areas will stimulate strength and growth. Never brush hard or push on the gums between the teeth with force. 45 degree angles and circular movements are best.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010

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well my son got his bottom 2 teeth at around 6 months, and the top i teeth, (the vampire teeth) came in around 7 and a half months and at his 9 month check up the doc said to start brushing them every night as part of his daily schedule. so u should ask ur doc for sure but if he has teeth u should brush them. its just like ur teeth. u brush daily, why should ur child not ? :)

Cecilia - posted on 06/08/2010

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Start as soon as possible! The sooner you introduce good oral hygiene the better. I asked my dentist a couple of weeks ago and he said that it's also a good idea if you take your child to your appointments so they can get used to the idea of visiting a dentist and are not afraid of the whole experience.

Kyla - posted on 06/07/2010

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Its best to at least wipe there gums with a wash cloth before they get teeth because formula and breast milk have alot of sugar in them and that will sit on the gums and absorb in and can cause damage to the teeth even before the child has them. Once the teeth emerge you should start brushing them with a flouride free baby safe tooth and gum cleanser Gerber and Orajel both make one that comes with a little finger brush I just started using a regular tooth brush on my 9 month old because he was biting down on me finger when I would brush his teeth.

Nicole - posted on 06/07/2010

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ive just taken my 9 month old to visit a dentist we know, they say as soon teeth arrive then you should clean them WITHOUT toothpaste, just a cloth or baby tooth brush as soon as they get there back teeth that touch (eg no gaps) then you can start using tiny amounts of baby tooth paste. we clean our boys teeth at bath time, that way he knows what to do when he starts toothpaste.

As for the flouride thing, we have alot in our water here in NZ so dentists dont recommend using toothpaste till after they get all teeth, even baby toothpaste.
hope this helps!

Heather - posted on 06/07/2010

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What I was told was to take a clean washcloth and rub his gums and tongue clean starting at 6mo. And then start using the toothbrush as soon as the first tooth pops up.

Glenda - posted on 06/07/2010

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my son has two bottom teeth as well and my health visitor adviced to continue cleaning his mouth with cotton wool and gyclerin until he has a full set of teeth. i would say speak to your health visitor!

Robin - posted on 06/04/2010

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I started doing it at 5 months cause the doctor said it was fine. As my daughter had teeth at five months too. You do not need to wait till they have teeth, you can start with doing their gums. If they are teething , it can help. Don't use a toothbrush though. Use either your finger or I use a finger brush made of soft rubber with little nubbies. Plus it gets them use to it. my daughter loves it when I brush her teeth. She has 4 teeth and is 8 1/2 months.

Evelina - posted on 06/04/2010

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hello! i started brush my 8 months girl teeths when the first came out (4 months)...she have 8 teeths now and she loves me brushing her teeths :) so, start now :)
kisses

KyRa - posted on 06/03/2010

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I didnt start brushing my daughter's teeth when she was under 1, but now she is 2 and she brushes her teeth by herself...

My son who is 8 months now, does not have any teeth and I just use one of those gum brushes that goes on my finger and rub him gums every morning and nite and he loves it.

So I dont think there would be any problem with you starting to brush his few teeth that he has. Good Luck!

Ashlea - posted on 06/03/2010

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I use the tooth brush that fits over your finger and the tooth paste it came with. I even brush his gums with. My son LOVES IT!

Ashlea - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son is almost 9 months and he's got two bottom teeth. I prush them every night before he goes to bed. I've been doing this ever since he got a tooth.

Antwoinette - posted on 06/02/2010

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if flouride isn't safe for babies, please tell me why my doctor prescribed it to my 9 month old? he gets purified water in his soy formula, soy milk, juice, and i brush his teeth once a day. i told my doctor all of this, and he decided that prescribing liquid flouride drops would be good for my son. my brother also has a baby girl who is exactly 6 weeks younger than my son. she gets prescribed liquid flouride by a completely different doctor, and her doctor has been prescribing it since she was 6 months.

Jodie - posted on 06/02/2010

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start cleaning straight away to keep them in good condition. at the start let them clean or chew brush and u have a little go to so when there are lots of teeth u will be able to clean them properly. if ur baby is eating solids u should definately clean them.

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At 9 months my LO still has no teeth but we started brushing his gums at least occasionally when he was about 3 months old. I haven't been a stickler about it because he doesn't have any teeth yet but once they come it will be everyday. Since yours has teeth now I would be brushing them every day, at least once if not twice with the baby toothbrush and paste/gel. Remember to use non-fluoride toothpaste until he can spit.

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Thanks for all this great info, my 8 month old twins have three teeth each, I wasn't sure when to start brushing but have a finger rubber toothbrush on hand. So I'll start tonight!

Alison - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter is 8 1/2 months & like your lo has two bottom teeth & the top ones are coming through, I have been brushing her teeth when I remember since she was 5 months old as her bottom teeth came through when she was 4months, I use a mam toothbrush & milkteeth toothpaste. At our 8 month check the health visitor asked if I was brushing her teeth as she has them & gave me a baby tooth brush & toothpaste.

Kristy - posted on 06/02/2010

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We let our little guy start playing with a infant toothbrush @ around 3 months. He now is 8 months and brushes his own teeth.

Cirissa - posted on 06/02/2010

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You should start brushing their gums even before they get any teeth like Adrienne said its better to start sooner than later.

April - posted on 06/01/2010

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I have been brushing my daughter's gums and teeth when she was 3 months old. Now that she has teeth I try to do it twice a day but I make sure I do it at tleast at night time.

Kimberly - posted on 05/31/2010

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my son just got his first tooth but ive been brushin his "teeth" for months but he loves his tooth brush

Adrienne - posted on 05/31/2010

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Better safe than sorry. Besides, its your baby not the dentist's. They don't have to live with it.



P.S. Lindsay, thanks for the extra info. I didn't have time to cite it myself. :-)

Niki - posted on 05/31/2010

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i had a dentist tell me that the little bit of fluoride they may ingest while brushing won't hurt them

Lindsay - posted on 05/31/2010

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Fluoride is definitely a no-no for under 2 year olds! you should actually wait until AFTER their first dentist visit, which happens around 2-3 years, or if you start going earlier, wait until the dentist tells you to start fluoride!

Adrienne - posted on 05/31/2010

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Also keep in mind that, if you give your baby tap water or use it to mix formula, they already ingest a small amount of fluoride to strengthen their teeth.

Adrienne - posted on 05/31/2010

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Most dentists recommend only using a low-fluoride toothpaste once you child has reached 18 months of age and fluoride-free toothpaste before then. There are many risk factors associated with ingesting fluoride. An only consmetic but common problem is dental fluorosis. Too much fluoride at an early age can cause a child’s adult teeth to permanently stain. It appears as pearly-white mottling, flecking or lines on the surface of the teeth. I myself have a big white stain on a front, center tooth from this that I can never get rid of or cover up despite having othewise healthy, nice looking teeth.

Lindsay - posted on 05/31/2010

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as soon as they have teeth, even if it's one lonely little toothie popping out, you brush it, just use a pea sized amount of baby toothpaste, or even if you're worried about that, if they get teeth earlier than 6 months, just using a toothbrush alone is important! I brush my little guy's teeth everytime i brush my own, I "start" him, and then he gets to chew on the brush , or "brush his own teeth" while i brush mine, he sometimes tries to imitate me, which is good!

Adrienne - posted on 05/30/2010

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Fluoride isn't recommened for babies because they don't know how to spit it out yet and they're not supposed to ingest it. They make infant toothpaste just for this so you can brush their teeth safely.

Niki - posted on 05/30/2010

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you should also use toothpaste with flouride.. a lot of the baby/kids toothpaste doesn't have any, and without it their teeth won't get cean

Niki - posted on 05/30/2010

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start now!!! bacteria can form right away and its great to get into the habit!!! my son just got his first tooth yesterday and i brushed it today

Karen - posted on 05/30/2010

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my son has two teeth and i started brushing them as soon as they came through (i use gerber baby tooth paste). i would definately start doing them now :)

Tammy - posted on 05/29/2010

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they have special tooth paste an a finger like tooth brush for infants i started my older one with it when he was like 3 months they like it a lot if they are teething

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i started brushin es teeth wen e got dem. u can also buy baby toothpaste bu u can use jst water also. bu usually u start wen dey get der first tooth. u also push der gums, wich mit cuz sum bleedin bu dat s nly toughing up der gums (ive ben tld dat s) hope dis hlps. my lil fella got es first 2 bottom teeth at d same tim nd i started brushin dem once i cud see dem.

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I always let my older daughter hold her toothbrush and play with it while I brushed my teeth. When she was a little older I began helping her and using baby toothpaste, and now she is an awesome tooth brusher! I think it's helpful to just get them used to it before it's absolutely a necessity.

Kisha - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter is just over 8 months and has no teeth, but we have been using the finger tip tooth brush a few nights a week for months now with the cleanser that came with it and she just loves it. I think the little soft nubs feel really good on her gums...because she just sits and will chew and chew on your finger while you do it.

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My daughter doesnt even have any teeth and ive been brushing her gums with a rubber tooth brush since day one. I only do it about ever other night while shes in her bath. She loves the feeling on her gums, and apparently supposed to help with her teeth when they do come through!

Bridget - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have one of those brushes that go on your finger tip, and we brush my daughters gums. She doesnt have teeth yet, but she is so interested when we brush our teeth we decided to start now to get in the habit. You can start now for sure!

Crystal - posted on 05/23/2010

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You can brush them now. You can also take the toothbrush lightly over his gums. I try to do this especially at night before bed so all the formula and food don't lay on gums and teeth while they are sleeping.

Tina - posted on 05/22/2010

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We started with that little toothbrush, which fits over a finger, when our daughter was about 5 months old. We got that brush from the nurses. She got her first tooth with 6 1/2 months. We just started with a real brush a week ago and she has an infant toothpaste, too. She has 4 teeth now.
So I would suggest to a.start now!

Antwoinette - posted on 05/21/2010

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There is also a tooth and gum cleaner for babies that fits right over your finger. Instead of a regular toothbrush it's just a little rubber bit with nubs on it to help clean. It usually comes with a baby safe mouth cleanser, somewhat like toothpaste. That might be a better choice since your son doesn't have many teeth yet.

Crystal - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son doesn't have any teeth and he's 7 1/2 months, but what my doctor said is that to take a clean wash cloth and rub his gums or teeth before putting him to bed or take the tooth brush and gently brush them but don't put tooth paste on the brush until he's got a full set of teeth.

But I'd ask your doctor as every doctor has something different to say and knows what's best for your child. But there is baby tooth paste maybe just put a bit on the brush and brush the few teeth he has and his gums so he gets used to it.

Hope this helps and Good Luck!!!

Adrienne - posted on 05/21/2010

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At our house, it took awhile to get in the habit so you might as well start sooner than later so it can become a normal part of your day.

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