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Baby toothpaste needed for 9 month old?

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2catsand1rabbit Fri 11-Sep-09 16:09:57

My Ds is 9 months old and has 2 teeth. Should I start brushing them with a baby toothpaste or is adults okay? I live in South Oxfordshire (don't think we have fluoride added).
Also, is there a particular toothbrush that anyone would recommend?

HeadFairy Fri 11-Sep-09 16:11:50

Use the milk teeth variety (or similar) as it has lower levels of flouride. Too much flouride can lead to the teeth becoming discoloured. You only need a tiny smear of it.

I used a finger brush for ds at this stage, don't know why, it felt more natural I guess. He was happy with a soft toothbrush too though, but he did love to gnaw on my finger with the finger brush on

sausagerolemodel Fri 11-Sep-09 16:12:52

Aquafresh do a milk teeth toothpaste which they say is fine from 3 months, and Dentinox do one which is (I think) fluoride free and comes with its own little silicon toothbrush that you put on the end of your finger.

2catsand1rabbit Fri 11-Sep-09 16:27:55

Thanks for the responses, but I thought they needed 1000ppm of fluoride?

HeadFairy Fri 11-Sep-09 16:33:01

they only need 1000ppm of flouride if they have cavities or need extra protection against tooth decay. Otherwise it's 500ppm

Adult toothpastes often have up to 1500ppm

Seona1973 Fri 11-Sep-09 16:42:48

some of the kids ones have 1000ppm in them e.g. the aquafresh milk teeth one (0-3 years) is now 1000ppm. We have used the morrisons kids toothpaste for dd and ds and it is also 1000ppm. Ds got a toothbrush and toothpaste from the hv and it is also 1000ppm. Just use a smear to avoid using too much and you will be fine.

purpleduck Fri 11-Sep-09 16:51:40

The health food stores should have a child's flouride free one - Wella I believe does one

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