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Caring for infant teeth?

How do you care for baby's teeth (before age 1) - I've heard everything from wiping them with a washrag at bathtime to brushing them with a baby toothbrush & baby toothpaste. What do you use and how often??

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mevxoxo

Asked by mevxoxo at 2:54 PM on May. 1, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • my son is 1, but even as an infant I brush(ed) his teeth twice a day. I found a toothbrush at toysrus which fits over my finger and is very soft. you dont have to use toothpaste (safe to swallow and flouride free) every time as long as they are getting cleaned with some water on the brush, your finger or cloth.
    Owl_Feather

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 3:00 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • I always used a finger toothbrush until my son's teeth came in and then I used a soft bristle infant toothbrush with some Xylitol-containing tooth cleanser. No fluoride until the child learns to spit.
    Gruntlings

    Answer by Gruntlings at 3:36 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • Before baby has teeth, use a clean, soft washcloth to wipe her gums. After that first tooth appears, use a soft toothbrush with just a teeny bit of a flouride free toothpaste; we used Tom's of Maine. Give her a toothbrush to hold until she can brush herself. Brushing should be twice a day, just like mom and dad. First visit to the dentist should be at 18 months.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:36 PM on May. 1, 2009

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