How should I brush my 3month olds gums? Is it too early?

Courtney - posted on 08/08/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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We have a little toothbrush that came with a first aid kit. But someone told me to just use a washcloth on my finger??

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Marta - posted on 08/08/2009

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We used a washcloth and warm water at the beginning of bathtime with all three of our kids until they had their first tooth. It is NEVER too early to establish a dental care regime. My boys now remind us that they need to brush their teeth because we started them from birth. Even the residue left on your babies gums from breastmilk or formula can cause gum disease. I would hold off on the little toothbrush until your baby has a tooth. I hope this helps.

Velvet - posted on 08/08/2009

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Courtney, I think that it is a great idea to begin to clean your baby's mouth. I think they can never be too young. I did it with my daughter as well. Not cleaning the mouth can cause thrash, and other bacterial problems. It is always better to be safe that to be sorry. There are finger brushes in Wal-mart that are designed just for cleaning the mouth of and infant. I bought it for my daughter and it works well. It comes with infant gumpaste in apple flavor. It's inexpensive and it lasts because of the such small amount that is used. My daughter is 3 and i have about 3 tubes of gumpaste still lingering around because i would loose it and have to purchase another. It is small so hard to keep up with. I would keep it in her diaper bag and carry it around with me. It slips right on your index finger and is very soft and easy to use.

Rebecca - posted on 08/10/2009

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you can buy a fingertip "toothbrush" for your little one. Try Orajel Baby Tooth and Gum Cleanser. It comes with both brush and paste.

Kattie - posted on 08/08/2009

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Even though you don't have to until the baby gets teeth, it's not a bad idea to start the routine. I use the finger brush with my 8 month old. It has the bristley things on one side and the massaging nubs on the other. She has always enjoyed haivng her gums brushed, and now that she's teething, brushing is not a big deal to her. Once they get teeth, though it's important to wipe thier teeth down at least before they go to sleep to get rid of the milk residue.

Amber - posted on 08/08/2009

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My little girls doctor told me to take a cloth use warm water and run it around your little one's mouth. This gets any milk residue off and stops them from developing Thrush which isn't fun for baby or you. I did this with my daughter and she didn't get thrush.

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Kimberley - posted on 08/23/2010

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if you use a small tooth brush for babies/toddlers and brush her gums gently and even let her chew it a bit if she wants she will get used to the brush and ul be able to brush her teeth when they come in

Mollie - posted on 08/11/2009

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Also, it will help reduce the amount of formula/breast milk that could build up on the babies gums, and get them used to brushing their teeth when they are older.

Mollie - posted on 08/11/2009

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Courtney, You can use a washcloth and your finger, but they also have a tooth and gum cleanser. I think the brand is Grins and Giggles. I used it on my son, and I am sure that it is not very expensive. Doctors will say either way will work. I think that the cleanser is only approved for babies four months and older, but you could still use the rubber thing to clean the gums.

Amanda - posted on 08/11/2009

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my daughters pediatrician told us to use a wet washcloth and to gently wipe her gums clean EVERY DAY. healthe gums = healthy teeth.

Wuanita - posted on 08/11/2009

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glad people still care about their children! some people don't even think about their children's dental health this young. at my daughter's 2 month check-up they had already started asking me if i cleaned her gums, when i replied no they gave me a rubber brush like someone else has already told you and just said to use some water to gently clean out her mouth.. they also told me that children do not have the opportunity for cavities until they get the germs from someone else, usually the parent. i thought that was interesting since i didn't know about it, so don't suck on your child's pacifier and give it back! haha, but yea, so i hope at least something in here was helpful and kudos to you for seeking advice!

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I never brushed my baby's gums until their teeth came in. Once their teeth came, i bought floride free baby toothpaste and a baby toothbrush (goes on your finger) bc they are alot softer than a regular toothbrush. And softly brushed their teeth every night. If it gives you a peace of mind, i'm sure you chould just wipe down their gums with a wet washcloth....mine didn't get teeth until 8 months, but all babies are different!

User - posted on 08/10/2009

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no its not too early your supposed to start that at 2 months to clean their mouth and get them used to it so when they are ready to brush their teeth, all the doctors and nurses i have gone to tell me to use a washcloth on their gums or there are gum stimulaters you can get that looks like a toothbrush but instead of bristles has rubber bristles so it wont hurt their gums

Jaime - posted on 08/10/2009

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It's good to brush your baby's teeth from day one, and when they are really small a wash cloth with warm water works well, and as they get a few months older then switch to a finger brush. Not only will the finger brush get rid of any milk residue in their mouth, but it helps to stimulate and soften up their gums for when they begin cutting teeth. I brush my Son's teeth daily and use a wash cloth to wipe his mouth after his meals...it's always good to get them started on something they will need to do two to three times a day in the very near future to ensure, healthy, strong teeth!

Yvonne - posted on 08/10/2009

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I dont think it is to early, i used this like blue finger brush, it is silicone or rubber or something and has little soft brissels made of the same thing (silicone or whatever) and i used that baby toothpaste that doesnt have floride or just water. It worked good, and was easier because you just slide it on your finger (like one of those things office people wear to seperate paper easier, idk if you know what I'm talking about, lol).

Khristine - posted on 08/10/2009

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At first just use a wash clothe for after the baby drinks the milk on the gums and the tongue. then when the baby starts teething slowly get him/her used to the toothbrush. let them chew on it. Then everything will go smoothly from there

Primrose - posted on 08/10/2009

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hi... yah u could use a wash cloth to clean ur baby's tongue... if you're worrying about the germs, you could use a sterile gauze rather than a simple wash cloth with sterile water. wrap it around your finger... make sure you wash your hands before and after doing that... brushing the gums gently would help your child get used to brushing when he gets older. but use the ones desired for your childs age. as the others say, do what u think is best. =)

Kristy - posted on 08/10/2009

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i support other suggestions, just getting your child use to the sensation and routine will help when they require to brush

Maggie - posted on 08/09/2009

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no need to brush till he has teeth , could let him chew on the brush so he gets used to it..

Megan - posted on 08/09/2009

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I never brushed my sons gum...Maybe just take a lightly warm wash cloth once in a while and make sure nothing is built up on the gums. It does help the teeth grow in healthy.

April - posted on 08/08/2009

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a good thing w/ the wash cloth is to put a wet one in the freezer whille they ar eteething and then they can suck on a CLEAN wet wash cloth that is nikce and cool on their cutting teeth

April - posted on 08/08/2009

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you do need t clean babys gums!!!

you can find a baby mouth cleaner in the infant department

it fits oer your finger nand is soft rubber with small rubber "fingers" to put baby

"toothpaste" on it is safe to swallow

DON'T use real toothpaste the flouride is bad to swallow

Tiffany - posted on 08/08/2009

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My little one is 3 months now and he really enjoys his little tooth brush but the one he has is made by Gerber and fits on my fingure very soft rubber. It also came with tooth past and says to start using at 3 months. Hope this is helpful.

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just try your baby with a washcloth and see how it goes :) im going to find the toothbrush out in the morning to give ti her to chew on... and maybe rub it gently across her gums as her 1st tooth is cutting!! exciting!! let us all know what your baby thinks to the washcloth if you decide to do it :)

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I brushed my daughters gums and her now teeth to get into the habit. At Publix they had a pack for 3+ months(it has this thing that goes on the finger and has rubber bristles on the tip) and one for little ones with teeth. I think it's just a personal choice, but I don't see anything wrong with starting early but if they have only gums I wouldn't use a regular baby tooth brush.

heres a link of what I use:

http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.j...



She loves the flavor of the tooth paste but its ok for them to swallow.

Dawn - posted on 08/08/2009

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I used the little bristled brush on my daughter, just to get her used to it. She loved it. She is 2 now and brushes her teeth without being asked. Those little brushes do help keep the gums clean. Do what YOU feel is right for your child.

Sam - posted on 08/08/2009

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my health visitor told me 2 start brushing my babys teeth as soon as the frist 1 was there as its best to learn then early she loves it i just started with a relly soft brush at frist hope this helped from sam

Emma - posted on 08/08/2009

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i never cleaned either of my boys mouths till they had teeth n they never got thrush!!

Kelly - posted on 08/08/2009

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My son's doctor said that I should start "brushing" his gums when he was about 4 months old....to get him used to it....i had a little rubber finger brush...you put it on the tip of your finger and then just brush there gums...i got it at walmart....then once he got his first tooth i started to use his toothbrush.....and what i do is brush his teeth, he has 3 now, and then i give him the toothbrush and let him brush his own teeth while i brush mine.....he lets me brush them, but loves when i let him "brush" his own teeth, its more chewing on the toothbrush than brushing, but he is gettin used to having it done....if you feel the need to do it, then do it, it isn't goin to harm the baby, but i would just use a washcloth at least till your babys first tooth comes in.......

Ellie - posted on 08/08/2009

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I never brushed my kids gums. Sometimes I took a damp cloth, because they get white tongues- and I would gently wipe around the mouth then- But other than that, I wouldn't bother!

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some people do say to wash their gums.. but there really is no need untill they start to teeth.. then you can use a washcloth just to get baby used to something brushing against her gums..and move onto a toothbrush when she a little bigger maybe. if you want to do it then its not a bad idea.. my daughter is 10 months old and her 1st tooth is just coming through (its been a long hard process!!!) so im going to get her baby toothbrush out now and start lightly brushing her gums in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after milk :) if you want to start cleaning her gums now then you start hun :)

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