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How Do You Brush A Baby's Teeth?

By EmilyBMalone |

More fun to bite than to brush.

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?

Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs.  You can follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest too!

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4 thoughts on “How Do You Brush A Baby's Teeth?

  1. Meagan says:

    We use a blue shark toothbrush/teether. He chews on it, but he’ll also let us brush for a few seconds.

  2. Stefanie says:

    My dentist office gave me a pediatric toothbrush at my last appointment. At first my son would just try to bite on it, but he’s getting better at letting me brush the teeth. I know it’s not perfect and it’s not how I would brush my own teeth, but any little bit helps. My only problem is that I am not consistent enough with it.

  3. Elle says:

    I found a baby toothbrush (by Sprout I think) at Whole Foods. He thinks it’s hilarious when I brush his teeth, but he does mostly just chew on it. I’ve also been using Tom’s baby toothpaste (without fluoride). I figure maybe the toothpaste will do a little extra something since I’m not able to get a lot of actual brushing motion in!

  4. Lydia says:

    We just use a thick washcloth. Our little guy opens his mouth super wide when he knows it’s time to “brush his teeth.” He gnaws a little as I rub around his teeth, but overall just lets me rub. And if he bites down, it doesn’t hurt through the washcloth.

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