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when should you start brushing a babies gums?

the toothpaste bottle says three months. but another one says 4 months.... these experts really need to get together and agree on something.

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edwinsmom2008

Asked by edwinsmom2008 at 2:44 PM on Jul. 10, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I started actually at 2 months but I just used one of those baby wash cloths. You just wet it add a small amount of baking soda. Just a little tiny bit. Wrap the cloth around your index finger and simply rub the gums and tongue. No baby tooth paste needed probably not until they start getting teeth.
    vr3star

    Answer by vr3star at 2:51 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • our babys dr said after 3 months that little finger thing
    tierrarutledge

    Answer by tierrarutledge at 3:29 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • You need to wash you Babies mouth after every feeding. With a wet wash cloth. Then you can brush their gums at 3 mos.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:21 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • I know what you mean - every baby book says something different and they all claim to be right!

    You don't need toothpaste. The flavored kidde pastes help get an older infant or toddler to willingly let you brush. Pastes with floride should NOT be used until your child is old enough to know not to swallow it and old enough to spit it out - between 3 and 4 years old.

    For now, use a soft, damp wash cloth. This will get her used to having something put in her mouth that isn't food.

    Once she has 8 or more teeth, you can switch to a baby toothbrush. Remember to use non-flouride pastes if you use toothpaste at all.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:27 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • if you are breastfeeding there is no need until other foods are introduced (usually 4-6 months)
    bltcahill

    Answer by bltcahill at 5:25 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

  • I started using the finger brush the instant that first tooth popped through.
    crazysocks830

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 5:49 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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