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When should I start brushing my baby's teeth?
21 doctors weighed in

5 doctors agree
In brief: When you see them...
...Certainly not later than 12 mo age.

In brief: When you see them...
...Certainly not later than 12 mo age.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Reena Gupta
can wipe the teeth as soon as it errupts with a gauze piece or use finger brush to wipe teeth and gums
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: When they appear
Once a tooth appears it should be brushed.
You don't need to use toothpaste in your 6 month old, but just use a warm washcloth and rinse the tooth with water water. This helps keep both the tooth and gums surrounding it clean.

In brief: When they appear
Once a tooth appears it should be brushed.
You don't need to use toothpaste in your 6 month old, but just use a warm washcloth and rinse the tooth with water water. This helps keep both the tooth and gums surrounding it clean.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: When they come in
Begin to brush or wipe your baby's teeth twice daily as soon as they come in.
Developing healthy dental habits early leads to a lifetime of healthy teeth. You can use either a soft baby toothbrush dipped in water or a cloth. When your baby shows an interest in brushing for them selves, give one brush to your baby and use another to brush his or her teeth.

In brief: When they come in
Begin to brush or wipe your baby's teeth twice daily as soon as they come in.
Developing healthy dental habits early leads to a lifetime of healthy teeth. You can use either a soft baby toothbrush dipped in water or a cloth. When your baby shows an interest in brushing for them selves, give one brush to your baby and use another to brush his or her teeth.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Teeth= brush them
As soon as you see theeth, start to gently brush them, dont forget to gently cleanse the tongue as well.
Try to cleanse at least twice per day, you will not need toothpaste.

In brief: Teeth= brush them
As soon as you see theeth, start to gently brush them, dont forget to gently cleanse the tongue as well.
Try to cleanse at least twice per day, you will not need toothpaste.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. David Mjos
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: When visible
As soon as they come in.

In brief: When visible
As soon as they come in.
Dr. David Mjos
Dr. David Mjos
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ASAP
As soon as your baby has teeth, they should be brushed and flossed twice or three times daily.

In brief: ASAP
As soon as your baby has teeth, they should be brushed and flossed twice or three times daily.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 12 months
12 months is a good age to start.
Use a soft, toddler-type toothbrush and a teeny dab of toothpaste (mostly so the child will get used to the taste.) make toothbrushing part of a fun routine-- it's more important to establish a good habit than it is to actually get the teeth perfectly clean.

In brief: 12 months
12 months is a good age to start.
Use a soft, toddler-type toothbrush and a teeny dab of toothpaste (mostly so the child will get used to the taste.) make toothbrushing part of a fun routine-- it's more important to establish a good habit than it is to actually get the teeth perfectly clean.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: When over 10 teeth
Some people recommend trying to brush baby teeth sooner, some later. My recommendation is to start with a very soft, small brush, when the baby has more than 10 teeth, just to train the baby to accept toothbrushing.
No toothpaste is needed at first. Later, use non-fluoride toothpaste until the child doesn't swallow toothpaste (when the child knows how to rinse and spit).

In brief: When over 10 teeth
Some people recommend trying to brush baby teeth sooner, some later. My recommendation is to start with a very soft, small brush, when the baby has more than 10 teeth, just to train the baby to accept toothbrushing.
No toothpaste is needed at first. Later, use non-fluoride toothpaste until the child doesn't swallow toothpaste (when the child knows how to rinse and spit).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
In brief: As soon as has teeth
As soon as he has teeth, it is important to clean them twice daily, although a toothbrush and toothpaste are not necessary initially.
For infants, a thorough wiping of the teeth with a clean burp cloth or washcloth is all that is required.

In brief: As soon as has teeth
As soon as he has teeth, it is important to clean them twice daily, although a toothbrush and toothpaste are not necessary initially.
For infants, a thorough wiping of the teeth with a clean burp cloth or washcloth is all that is required.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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