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When did you start using tooth paste on your baby's teeth?

My son very recently got his first teeth(this past week), and I've been brushing his gums and teeth with water. I'm assuming I should be using some sort of baby toothpaste. What kind do you recommend?


Asked by LovingSAHMommy at 6:38 PM on Jun. 24, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Something with no fluoride (they can't spit yet, and fluoride can be toxic if ingested), and preferably something with xylitol. Look for something that doesn't have other added sugars.

    My son wouldn't reliably spit toothpaste out until he was 3, so we used training toothpaste with xylitol until then. After about two, we'd occasionally use small amounts of fluoridated toothpaste, but that was once every couple of weeks, since he wouldn't spit it out.

    Answer by Gruntlings at 6:45 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Regular toothpaste... 2 yrs. but before that I rubbed their teeth with lil bear training toothpaste starting with their first tooth.

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 6:44 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • i recommend anything without fluoride! fluoride can be dangerous if swallowed so young babies should only have fluoride free toothpaste.

    and i'm a crunchy mamma so i use Nature's Gate

    Answer by outstandingLove at 6:40 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Doctors say 2 years old. Until then brush with only water.

    Answer by Kelly_Motherof2 at 6:45 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • My pediatric dentist says to start using flouride toothpaste at the first tooth. But he says that ingested fouride has no benefit for their teeth. So, I used flouride paste at the first tooth but I do not give vitamins or water with flouride. As far as toxic. My dentist says that putting a pea size dap on their tooth brush isn't enough flouride to cause any health problems. You have flouride in your tap water, so have been ingesting flouride for years.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 6:49 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • flouride free toothpaste is safe for your child..

    it's what I use for my DD.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 6:55 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • I agree with the ladies. Anything flouride free until they are 2. There are lots of different brands of flouride free. I am using baby orajel brand right now. Anything that says toddler or training toothpaste should be just fine. They come in all sorts of flavors too :) And if you look in the baby section of the store instead of the toothpaste section you can usually find the paste easily and sometimes it comes with a free brush also :)

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 7:02 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • We have no fluoride in our water so my DS takes a multi-vitamin with fluoride in it. Fluoride in tap water varies depending on where you live so ask your Pediatrician. To answer the question, as soon as my Sons teeth started to come in we used Orajel Training Toothpaste. It's fluoride free with "Little Bear" on the label like someone else said. When he was able to actually spit by himself, about at 2 years, we switched to Children's Colgate regular toothpaste with Dora or Diego on the label. It has less fluoride than adult regular toothpaste. We have always been brushing twice a day since his teeth came in. Also get a baby type toothbrush that is soft. Have fun!


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 7:03 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • Orajel makes a nice one like the previous poster stated. I have always used that on my children until they can grasp the spitting concept then we switch to children's colgate as well. My 8,6, and 4 year old all see the dentist regularly and have never had cavities. My 19 month old has not seen one as of yet but she enjoys brushing her teeth like the big kids. Good luck and just be careful with stuff with fluoride in it as you can get poisoned from it.

    Answer by carmadsmom at 9:22 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

  • At first, I just wiped the teeth with a damp washcloth after each meal, per doctor. I also got from One Step Up Baby's 1st Toothbrush. It was more like a soft silicone teether with small, soft bristles made to clean a baby's teeth. Most of the time I used water, but after a little bit I started using a small dab of trainning toothpaste. Then as baby got older, used more toothpaste(Little Bear Trainning although there are several brands). Ask your son's doctor.

    Answer by nova.mommy at 2:05 PM on Jun. 25, 2010