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Baby Teeth, to care or not to care???

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The picture is my DH named "Sofia" with her usual smile so her teeth is very precious for me.

My baby is 15months old, with a big white teeth 5 above, 4 below. I am confuse if I should take care of it as soon as now or should I let it by itself. My nephew's, who is 19months, teeth is already not in good shape but my sister is not bothered, she says that its okey because it will be replace. I was being troubled that if I take care of it now, her teeth my overlap,..thus If I dont take care of it now her teeth will be yellowish.... dont know what to do..need help.. How do you do it? any technique???

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

 We brush them all the time. I bathe my kids ALOT sometimes everyday we brush the teeth always when theyre in the bath and 2 or 3 more times a day, cant hurt. Right.

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

 By the way..she is adorable!

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I brush my daughters teeth twice a day (she is 19 months an a full mouth of teeth my oldest was the same way.)  Any ways she chiped her tooth one day when she feel and it looks horrible but the ped told me not to do any thing about it because it will fall out. So I guess it depends on who you ask lol.

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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its best to strt caring for babies teeth even before they pop through the gum....your supposed to wipe off there gums and then start using a finger brush when they have just a few teeth then onto an infant brush...use and infant toothpaste that has no flouride in it untill shes old enough to spit it out

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

It's best to start young. It can affect adult teeth if they get bad enough. Also, if you start now, it will set her up better for later when she's really got to take care of them.

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I've brushed my sons teeth long before he even started getting teeth ( I would wipe his gums with a soft rag) then once his teeth started coming in I used a soft finger brush until he had enough for a soft brush. He also started seeing a dentist at 11 months old since he had most of his teeth in by this point as has seen a dentist every 6 months since then.  Lack of care for baby teeth can affect the adult teeth as well and it amazes me at how many people don't realize this.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM
You can get a tooth brush for her. most of the children's ones have appropriate ages stamped right on the package. for toothpaste look for something flouride free and safe to swallow until she learn how to spit. it wont be hard to find.

Quoting proudMom2634:

Thanks for the replies,. I will be checking out your suggestion. I'm not really knowledgeable when it cames to teeth,. but I will check for a toothbrush that she can use. I think she will love to have a toothbrush because when I brush my teeth she was always smiling and watching my every move. She even hold the toothbrush and brushes my teeth..LOL

but how should a baby toothbrush used?? should it also be brushing the teeth fully?? and the toothpaste my 3 years old nephew swallows toothpaste,,..grrr I have so many question,..LOL  How many times or how often should I brush her teeth?

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by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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Your sister is mistaken; just because they are baby teeth and are going to fall out, doesn't mean that they are just as important. If they decay, it can spread to the teeth above them.

by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM
Start taking her to the dentist now. They can give you advice on what you need to do and why.
by on Jul. 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Any tooth paste that says "trainer" or for toddlers is safe to use.  It needs to be non-flouridated (no flouride).  You have to start brushing them and taking care of them now to set good habits for when they are older.  My 4 yo had a clean check up with the dentist b/c we have been taking such good care of her teeth since before she even had any.  Good luck!!!

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