When did you start brushing your baby's teeth?

(29 Posts)
Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 01-Dec-12 18:08:40

DS is almost 8 months & had 6 teeth. We got him a tooth brush bug I'm not sure when to start brushing them. He just shuts his mouth & wriggles off when I try.

Indith Wed 19-Dec-12 17:05:01

As soon as he had a tooth. You don't have to push it when they are little, some nights ds2 gets a good brush, others he isn't in the mood and I just let him chew his brush.

milkyjo Wed 19-Dec-12 16:57:10

At 4 months when first tooth came. He is now 2 and have had no issues...yet!

Whatiswitnit Wed 19-Dec-12 16:47:28

Began as soon as first teeth appeared. Had a dinky brush to fit on finger. Also had one with a wide handle with thumb hole for easy baby grip so they could have a go themselves.

MrsSmith87 Wed 19-Dec-12 16:44:21

The chewable toothbrush mentioned by TwelveLeggedWalk are great.
They are from brush baby, Sainsburys do them to! great with toothpaste and they get tops and bottoms at the same time, also with teething gel after its been in the fridge! Soft silicon bristles are great for cleaning/soothng teething gums.
www.brushbaby.co.uk/

Tanya32 Tue 04-Dec-12 19:17:08

started brushing my Son's teeth about 7/8 months old.

milkwagon Mon 03-Dec-12 14:43:49

DD is 16 weeks and we mess around in the bath by using a smidgen of toothpaste on the end of my finger & massage her gums. Also use a MAM silicone 'brush' with a moulded end which she gnaws on. She loves it & hope it will pay dividends as she gets older. My mum did similar with me & have no fillings or problems. She took me the dentist from a very young age too and will do the same with DD.

myboyismyworld Mon 03-Dec-12 09:59:56

hiya, my son is 6 now but when he was smaller we started brushing his teeth as soon as he got them.

rhetorician Sun 02-Dec-12 22:38:34

DD1 on the other hand still kicks up about tooth brushing at nearly 4. She does do it though smile

ceeveebee Sun 02-Dec-12 22:36:00

Reterician my 12 mo DTS is like your DD, he loves having his teeth cleaned and cries when it's over. DTD is the total opposite, I sometimes have to almost put her in a headlock to get the toothbrush in her mouth!

rhetorician Sun 02-Dec-12 22:09:11

from the start - she is 1 next week, but she loves her toothbrush and cries when you take it off her...

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 02-Dec-12 20:48:16

When the first tooth arrived.

We use these - they're like jelly teethers with little jelly plastic 'bristles'. Pop a smudge of toothpaste on them and let them chew/dribble in the bath. Not sure how much actual brushing goes on - although we try and wiggle them around in their mouths for them - but they seem to really love them, especially when teething. You can sometimes get them in Waitrose too.

Twattergy Sun 02-Dec-12 16:49:25

About 10 months. Let them watch you brush your teeth and hand them their brush and they'll probably want to copy.

Twattergy Sun 02-Dec-12 16:49:18

About 10 months. Let them watch you brush your teeth and hand them their brush and they'll probably want to copy.

YBR Sun 02-Dec-12 15:25:07

Started with toothpaste on a clean cloth (linen hanky or similar) rubbed it on her gums tooth from as soon as teeth appeared; progressed fairly soon to brushing. At 1yo she's often fine to do it herself, with a bit of encouragement to use the correct end of the brush! Recently she's been tired and teething at the end of the day so if she's refused the toothbrush I've managed to use the cloth method again. Better than nothing!

ceeveebee Sat 01-Dec-12 21:03:09

Yes, after breakfast and after last milk feed of the day

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 01-Dec-12 20:57:15

Gosh...I had better crack open the toothpaste then. Possibly another stupid question - do you brush them twice a day?

PeazlyPops Sat 01-Dec-12 19:28:35

At 12 weeks when his first tooth came through. He's 7 months now (8 teeth) and happily sits on my knee with his mouth open, teeth bared so I can brush them.

Meglet Sat 01-Dec-12 19:21:31

When their teeth first poked through.

Even when toothbrushing was a battle I stuck to it. At 6 and 4 they're pretty good these days, I let them do it once or twice a week. The rest of the time I do it.

mosschops30 Sat 01-Dec-12 19:19:24

You should brush as soon as teeth come through.
No water, just a smear of toothpaste, brush teeth and no need to rinse

ceeveebee Sat 01-Dec-12 19:13:12

5 months, when first tooth broke through on DS (we started his twin sister at the same time even though she had no teeth for another few weeks)

hazeyjane Sat 01-Dec-12 19:09:30

4 months, when first teeth appeared.

CarpeJugulum Sat 01-Dec-12 19:03:35

As soon as teeth appeared.

We like Tesco's own brand baby toothbrush as it has a chunky handle so DS can grip it. We brush his teeth, then he "brushes" them after to ensure we did it properly wink

stargirl1701 Sat 01-Dec-12 18:50:44

Best first toothbrush?

nicki1978 Sat 01-Dec-12 18:47:16

We did the same as nextphase and it just becomes part of his routine. Xx

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