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i clean my 9.5 mth old babys 6 teeeth every evening with an infant toothbrush. (or rather, i try to!) but i don't use toothpaste. am i meant to?!
a dull thread im afraid! don't think it will get up to 1000!
I think a tiny smear of toothpaste (as much to get them used to the taste as anything, but hardly any at all - I think our first tube of toothpaste lasted the best part of a year! Don't know what the 'official' advice is though.
'Officially' you're supposed to use toothpaste. Practically...well I didn't use toothpaste on my older two until they were at least 12m, if not older. Now, at 6 and 4, the dentist says their teeth are in perfect condition. Ds1 has had to have some of his scraped a little once or twice. The dentist said that that was highly unlikely to be because of the brushing, more likely to be because of the chemistry of his mouth. Diet and brushing are more important than using toothpaste at this age, according to our dentists.
I use weleda tooth gel as it doesn't matter if they swallow it, doesn't contain as many chemicals but still helps clean their teeth, and dd (2.3) likes the taste of it, been using it since about 6mths when she got her first tooth.