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When should I start brushing my son's teeth?

My child is 8 months old, has two teeth and three are making their way through. Should I start cleaning his teeth now or should i wait for him to be a year there a certain age I should wait for, or is it safe to start now?

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Asked by BlueMockingbird at 11:49 PM on Aug. 21, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you can do it now. They sell those baby tooth brushes and tooth paste in the baby isle

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 11:50 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • I started brushing my son's as soon as he had them. :)

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 11:51 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • You should have started by wiping his gums with a baby wash cloth twice a day. Now that he has teeth, you should be brushing his mouth twice a day

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:52 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • Brush them as soon as he has them. Mine got his a couple weeks ago at 8 month, we've been giving infant flouride drops since 6 mos and now we just brush with baby tooth paste by orajel.

    Answer by DomoniqueWS at 11:53 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • Brush them as soon as they come in!!! And at this age, just doing it with water is fine, my pediatric dentist told me.

    Answer by cfh72 at 11:54 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • You should have started at birth... But since you didn't, it's important that you start ASAP! Get a "finger brush" from the store, it will fit on your finger tip and let you brush each little tooth...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:54 PM on Aug. 21, 2010

  • i started when they had them. my kids started brushing their own with help from the time they were about one, its apart of the bedtime and morning time ritual

    Answer by Luckybear05 at 12:23 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • you chould do it now they have kits for them

    Answer by regian19832002 at 1:24 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • now i think

    Answer by san78 at 9:17 AM on Aug. 22, 2010

  • You can use a soft baby cloth and swish it around his mouth and wipe his teeth that way. I was told to do this when my nieces were this age. It also get the access milk off their tongue too.

    Answer by ambr2006 at 6:56 PM on Aug. 22, 2010

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