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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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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

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

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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


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

  • you can brush them now with a soft toothbrush

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

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