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how soon should i brush my 18 month olds teeth?

i have been brushing them with a toddler brush but it seems to irritate the gum tissue.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:53 PM on Jan. 19, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I waited until they could brush their own. The baby teeth will fall out anyways. Google it for a good answer
    frugalcoupons

    Answer by frugalcoupons at 12:54 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • Try using a softer brush, theyhave all different kinds of bristles out there!!!!!
    knicole0708

    Answer by knicole0708 at 12:54 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • so you mean w/ a bigger "real" brush? at 18m I used the ones provided by the pediatric dentist. I think it was Oral B brand for birth -24 months. Then you can go to any store and get the next size brushes ages 2-4. they're cute and small and REAL soft
    hibbingmom

    Answer by hibbingmom at 12:55 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • try using a soft bristle brush, at his age their teeth are sensitive. Its good to start brushing them as they come in . Maybe try using a different brand of toothpaste ( thats assuming you are using toothpaste, some women just use water at this age) But if the problem persists contact your family dentist or pediatrician.
    MsBrazil86

    Answer by MsBrazil86 at 12:55 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I started brushing my daughters teeth when she started getting them. It teaches them a good habit. She does it herself now, and she's 2.
    You can get fluoride-free toothpaste for infants and for toddlers. I used to use a little brush like thing that went on my finger to brush her teeth when she was an infant, now she uses a toddler toothbrush.
    Dalimonster

    Answer by Dalimonster at 12:56 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I used the same...a finger tooth brush with infant or toddler toothpaste. I actually used it after 3 months.
    stuff4mee

    Answer by stuff4mee at 1:05 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I have been brushing my babys teeth since she started getting them. And she is now 20 months and brushes them herself.
    Mme.Langley

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 1:38 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • You really should be doing teeth care as soon as they get teeth and gum care before they get them.
    alinker

    Answer by alinker at 2:05 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • I confess I only pushed the issue when it was fun. Some nights it would be a "let's do it". Then others my little ones would protest. It is all about about making this a good learning experience. This is one of those questions that fall under to each his own.

    rosetoes

    Answer by rosetoes at 2:23 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

  • you can brush them now with a soft toothbrush
    kim0167

    Answer by kim0167 at 2:45 PM on Jan. 19, 2011

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