This morning I woke up to tooth number seven. Seven teeth, in just nine short months. Now that Cullen is chowing down on everything in sight, I know we need to start protecting his teeny tiny little teeth, to keep them healthy and pearly white.
But have you ever tried to brush a baby’s teeth? It typically ends in a wrestling match that leaves my finger riddles with bite marks. A few weeks ago I ordered a basic infant toothbrush online. The idea is that you don’t use any toothpaste – just water – and you slip the little brush over your finger and get to work.
OUCH! For months I have avoided sticking any appendages in my son’s mouth, so I’m not sure why I thought this would work. He is such a ferocious chewer, and the toothbrush just seems like another gummy toy. I definitely didn’t get any significant brushing done, and we both just ended up frustrated.
Is there a better way? I have read that it’s important to brush teeth after the final bottle or feeding, so that baby’s don’t sleep with all the milk sugars in their mouths. Iwant to make sure I’m setting him up, not only with a good set of teeth, but also with healthy dental habits going forward. At the same time, I don’t want to fight the battle if it’s too early to make a difference.
How do you brush your baby’s teeth?
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