when do you start brushing your child´s teeth?

Denmark
February 20, 2007 6:18am CST
In my case, I started when he got his first tooth... now it is a lot more and they are all beautiful. I also read that a parent should do it until their child is 10 and can be trusted by doing it himself, isnĀ“t that a little too old? My son was a little bit less than a year old when we started, and although I showed him everytime when I was brushing mine that it was fun, he still does not enjoy the moment at all. I can imagine that some people are reluctant doing it, it is not nice to do it when the child is crying but if there was any way to make that moment fun, I would for sure be interested in your suggestions!
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
I used a soft cloth on my children's teeth when they first started coming through ... a soft cloth and a tiny little bit of children's toothpaste. The cloth felt better than a toothbrush and was a little gentler on their sensitive gums. When they got a little bit older, I gave them their own child's toothbrush and as they watched me brush my teeth, they'd put the brush in their mouths and try to copy the movement. Now they're all old enough to do it on their own, but I have to nag! It seems the older they get, the more they're against brushing.
@Rittings (673)
21 Feb 07
I must admit, that I do not find brushing my teeth too much fun, but since I had an electric toothbrush it feels a little more interesting. Maybe the answer is find a brushing technique which will interest your son. Maybe a fun brush? Or a fun toothpaste?? I would recommend scare tactics of showing him some rotten teeth, but I doubt any child would be shocked or even care at such an early age haha. Plus, you might traumatise him if he is sensitive haha. So don't do that... Have you tried looking for a brushing song? So you can sing a toothbrush song to him so it makes it a bit more fun? It will never be an exciting thing to do, but you may find that eventually he will just do it out of habit... Hope some to this helps you dude.
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@Dolcerina (3378)
• Hungary
21 Feb 07
we began brusging his teeth in his age 2. He began to attend to day-nursery, and the charge said that we may bring a tooth brush for him. But it is only one kind of play for them. When he was 3, he began to attend to the kindergarten, where they brush their teeth regulary after the lunch. But at home he doesn't like to wash his teeth. He behaves as if were a punishment for him, though I always wash my teeth together with him. So, I have never heard about any children who like to wash their teeth. I must belive brushing our teeth must be an unnatural act... :)
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@jmp824 (741)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
I started brushing my childs when they were 18 months old. :) I think its only out of curiosity that they too love to brush their teeth when me and hubby is brushing our teeth too... i think its a good habit, as early as possible we have to take care of their teeth. Though its just temporary teeths but at least at an early age they learn basic hygienes.
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• India
21 Feb 07
if i have a child i will brush his teeth till he is 10 for sure... a teeth is a very important thing in human face and the child ont know it's importance... we have to do the brushing and we have to tell some fairy tail to the child that the deamon is hiding in your mouth when you went to sleep and you can deat him up and hake him run away by brushing... this will make him brush with some motive that he know that will make fun for him to do the brushing... any way we need the job to be done...
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I also wiped my sons teeth off with a washcloth until he had 8 of them (at one) and now I brush them with a toothbrush. I just took him to his pediatrician and she said that she could tell I brush his teeth and that they look great =) but I'm not sure how long I will do it for him, never really thought about it....I guess I will ask the dentist when we take him.
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@manleymom (105)
• United States
21 Feb 07
When my children were infants I always used a wet washcloth to clean their gums. When they were toddlers and able to hold their own tooth brush then I would supervise them brushing their teeth. Both of them always loved brushing their teeth and it's usually a battle to get them to stop. My daughter started around 5 brushing them on her own. They also have the new Blue Agent (I think that's what it's called) that they rinse their mouth w/ then they need to brush till they see no more blue ;-)
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• United States
21 Feb 07
You can buy toothbrushes now for kids, before their teeth even come in. They are not really bristled, they are like rubbery. I think this is more for training in habit than actually brushing teeth obviously. They also make that mouthwash now that turns the plaque blue so they can see where they missed. My girls actually think this is "fun" to see how good they did or where they missed. This also makes us feel better as moms too, knowing that they have actually reached every where. We also had the toothpaste that had the cap play music for 2 min. to assure they are spending long enough doing it, when the music stops...they are done..Just a couple tips
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think I started when my kids got their first teeth. my 4 year old has been brushing his own teeth for about a year now. I do have to help him sometimes. I am still helping my 2 year old. When I took my 4 year old to the dentist for the first time, they told me he would need help until he was about 8. I thought that was a little old, but what do I know?
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I have always started brushing my kids teeth as soon as they come in which was around 5 months old.i try and make a game out of it so they want to do it.my 2 year old hates it to this day because she hates the taste.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I started when my child first got a tooth coming in. It gets them used to having a toothbrush and toothpaste in their mouth. It also saves on cavitied forming in their early stages. I also brush my dogs teeth too with a toothbrush we bought just for him. He doesn't like it but we give him a treat before and after the brushing. We try to take care of our teeth so we do not have to visit the dentist very often. We only visit about twice per year.
@Tatsuya (1149)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I start brushing my children's teeth as soon as they get them. It'll give them a headstart on beautiful teeth. I even cleaned their gums before they had teeth. I brush my 3 year olds teeth, then I let her brush her own, so that she feels grown up, but I know that her teeth are being cleaned properly. She tries to brush her teeth the way I brush hers, but she needs a little more practice.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
We did the wash cloth thing with both of our girls as well. I don't brush their teeth now and I have a six year old and a three year old.
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@malsun (1528)
• United States
20 Feb 07
we started when our daughter got her first tooth. And somehow she took to it easily and loves brushing her teeth. she has her colorful toothbrush and her own paste and she does it while my wife or I show her how to and we make it a fun activity by making loads of noises and she sorts of looks forward to it every morning and night.
• Canada
20 Feb 07
My son always hated brushing his teeth also and when he was younger I went out and got him the toothpaste that plays music while they are brushing their teeth . When the music stops it means they have brushed for long enough . I found this worked for a little while . Best of luck !!
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• India
20 Feb 07
It depends on the teeth level of ur child. By the way we should start brushing by the time they are 1+ yr old. One matter must be remebered that the brush and toothpaste should be used by the parents and it should not be given to the child, else brushing will not come into the picture and the child will start enjoying paste.
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@lucie225 (157)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Try telling your child about the tooth fairy, (if you do this with your kids.) The tooth fairy loves some clean teeth, that kind of deal. There is also a book that helped with my son, I belive it was called Andrew's Loose Tooth. This helped me not only in brushing his teeth so the tooth fairy would have clean teeth to pick up but it also showed about pulling loose teeth in a funny way. So this helped with my son and brushing. Knowing the tooth fairy left money for clean teeth, was the best thing in the world to him!
• India
20 Feb 07
Usually every childs start brush at the age of 2-3. Till then they dont get their full teeth grow. Starting at this age is good actually at that time only they start feeding raw foods. So good at this stage
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
20 Feb 07
All children go through that phase where they don't want to brush their teeth or wash or eat there veggies. make everything fun for them. make it something interesting. i know one thing that works well is that new mouth wash for children that turns their mouth blue if they have plauqe. it is fun! good luck
• United States
20 Feb 07
You should start with a wet wash cloth and then go with a tooth brush when they are about a year. You should make a deal with him. Let him brush his teeth his way and then tell him that you need to go back over them yourself to make sure he got all the ickies off.