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Old 07-25-2006, 07:54 AM   #1
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When did you start brushing your DCs teeth?

When did you start brushing your DCs teeth? Is it really important to start as soon as they come in? What did/do you use? DD only has 2 bottom teeth right now and I am not sure what to do. TIA mamas!

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Old 07-25-2006, 07:58 AM   #2
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I started cleaning both my dds' gums right after birth and cleaned the first teeth with a soft cloth until she got her first molars, I switched to a soft brush then.
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My DD has two bottom teeth too.. We use one of those "finger" brushes.. She loves it!! We do both her teeth and gums... The finger brush comes with a package of it and the toothpaste!

We started when my son got his first teeth, but that wasn't until 12 months!
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I am the WORLDSWORST MOM in this area....
I feel bad, but i am. I am trying so hard to get one trach. i dont want my ids to have my grandmas oral hygine. If i culd just get them to leave the toothbrushes andtoothpaste alone. i wouldnt have tohide it, and they would get their teeth brishes more often...
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i started while dd got her 1st teeth but its more like i hand her the toothbrush and she cews on the bristes..thus cleaning the teeth ...hee,hee.
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i started while dd got her 1st teeth but its more like i hand her the toothbrush and she cews on the bristes..thus cleaning the teeth ...hee,hee.
We do this too, I think it is to get them used to the toothbrush as much as it is about cleaning the teeth. I had really bad teeth when I was a kid and I don't want my kids to go through that so I am dilegent. In fact, I need to remind DD now to brush. LOL
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Riley is a few days shy of 14 mo and we've been brushing for...a long time. When she didnt have any teeth I used like a 'gum massager' now that she has a buncha teeth I use the Stage 1 toothbrush that has super soft bristles and I use the Burts Bees Childrens tothpaste (about the size of a pea) and she even likes to do it herself.
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Thanks for all the input ladies. So if you let your DC *chew* on a toothbrush what kind of toothbrush do you use? Do you use toothpaste?
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When my first was small enough to just being chewing on the brush, I used the baby/toddler 'gum/tooth cleaner' that is without fluoride. Now that ds1 is 2.5yo, he's getting good at spitting...so he just has normal children's toothpaste. Ds2 has only 4 teeth and I haven't gotten any more of the non-fluoride cleaner yet, so I just let him use the brush with no paste.
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I started brushing as soon as they got teeth. Started out by just using a wash cloth while they were in the bath tub then moved on to a baby tooth brush and tooth paste. They have a gerber kind, can't remember the name and Orajel Training Toothpaste that is flouride-free.
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