We are super lucky that Lil’ Red is interested and willing to brush his baby teeth. If the bathroom door gets left open, then we usually find him standing on his stool with toothbrush in hand. I found an extra soft toothbrush designed for 3 months to 36 months of age. I found ours at Big Lots or Walmart but Amazon carries them as well. ( I linked to one similar but not exactly using our affiliate link as a reference.)
Some people forget to start brushing their baby’s teeth at an early age. Even BEFORE your child can hold a toothbrush you can and should brush their baby teeth for them. This will help you get into the habit and promote good oral health. We have found that teething babies welcome the gum stimulation and the gentle brushing massages some pain away.
We only use water and only brush for as long as they let us. Right now it’s 3-5 times a day for 5-20 seconds which I feel is a good start. He is usually mad when I put his toothbrush back but do not want to allow him to chew the toothbrush. I want to establish the routine of brushing his teeth not chewing the toothbrush.
I plan to do some major research on flouride as well as all natural mineral toothpaste for when he gets older. I have heard all sorts of things about the amount of “poison” in toothpaste and that xylitol toothpaste is way better for you. Like I said I am still in the thinking about researching phase and will definitely fill you in on what I discover.
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