Can you use toothpaste when brushing a toddler's teeth?


Asked by tandyd25 at 4:12 PM on Aug. 17, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I think I gave ds a toothbrush at like 4 m onths... i worked full time so whenever i was home i brought him every where with me. we spent a lot of time brushing teeth. he was about a year when i started giving him toothpaste. i just kinda touched his toothbrush to the tube to the get just a tine bit. a pediatrician kinda yelled at me for it, said the flouride in adult toothpaste would upset his stomach, but heloved to brush his teeth and never got an upset stomach. now he is 2 and squeezes is own toothpaste.

    Answer by Crystal1124 at 4:21 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • Orajel makes baby toothpaste made specifically for infants. I used this on my daughter when she was a few months old. It comes with a little scrubber thing that you put on your finger and are able to scrub their teeth and gums. Even if your child doesnt have teeth, their gums still need to be brushed. Besides, this little scrubber thing felt good to my daughters gums when she was teething. When she started understanding the process of brushing teeth and stuff i bought her her own toothbrush and childrens toothpaste that did not contain flouride cuz too much flouride, though good for their teeth, can harm them if they dont spit it out. They say to wait until theyre 2 or have established good brushing habits, such as spitting out, before giving them any toothpaste, kid or adult, that contains flouride.

    Answer by stampmama at 4:30 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • We have been using the infant toothpaste (and now use the toddler toothpaste) since he has had his gums/teeth brushed at about 4 months. Just make sure there is not floride in it.

    Answer by supershlea at 4:39 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • I start brushing teeth for both of my kids when they start getting a few at a time. The first two I just rubbed with a cloth but after that Orajel has infant toothpaste and different types of tooth brushes for toddlers they are all soft.

    Answer by Peacefully at 4:43 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • Yeah we used the baby/toddler orajel toothpaste stuff with the kids starting at 4 months and until they were about 2 year old. (My DD was closer to 3) It was then they were able to understand the importance of NOT swallowing the tooth paste. Once it was clear that they understood not to swallow it, and was NO LONGER swallowing the baby/toddler orajel toothpaste, we switch them to the Crest Kids Toothpaste.

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 5:09 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • I started using toothpaste as soon as I started using a toothbrush - with that first tooth.

    Use the toddler, floride-free toothpaste to start with.

    You shouldn't use toothpaste that has floride until your child is old enough to NOT swallow the paste and is old enough to rinse and spit without swallowing - that is somewhere around 4 years old.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:55 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • Our pediatric Dentist told us not to worry about the Fluoride. Make sure you are using a pea sized amonut or less. They get more fluoride than that in seedless grapes. BTW..did you know 'pure' fruit juices, esp. the '100%' kind have high fluoride levels in them. Particularly grape. Some of them over 1.5 ppm.
    Dentist also said it was more importnant not to use toothpastes with 'whiteners' or 'tartar control' they are abrasive and can destroy enamel on kids teeth. Those kind shouldn't be used until they are at l;east 16.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 6:14 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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  • When they are able to spit. Otherwise they will swallow it which is harmful.

    Answer by wondermeg at 7:23 PM on Aug. 17, 2008

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