My daughter is just about 20 months. She got her first teeth at 11 months and we have been brushing once a day since then. We started with just water, then I used a little baking soda and water. Now I was thinking about using a tiny bit of my toothpaste (coconut oil, baking soda, peppermint oil, and xylitol) but I am not sure if that's a good idea since she will just eat/swallow it.
She loves copying me while brushing teeth but screams 80% of the time when I take over. I think it has to do with new teeth coming in and sore gums but I think it also has to do with her upper lip tie. It's pretty hard to get her top two teeth clean. I keep reading about two-year-olds with rotten teeth because of upper lip ties and now I'm a little panicked.
What gentle techniques are there to get her teeth brushed and what natural things can I do to keep her teeth healthy?
We try to eat healthy, I limit juice but she does get some, she doesn't get food or juice after brushing teeth at night but she does nurse at bedtime and sometimes during the night.