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andrea79

Hi all,

 

Just wondering, when did you start using toothpaste? DS is 10 months and has got 6 teeth so far and has had those for some time. I brush his teeth twice a day but just with brush and water. The clinic nurse said to find a "no" fluoride toothpaste but I could only find a "low" fluoride one. Now I'm wondering if I misheard her?

 

I don't want him to have a mouth full of toothpaste and not know what to do with it! Unless I give him his sippy cup to wash it down?

 

Your thoughts and experiences would be great.

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Chockybits

I haven't seen a no fluoride toothpaste either. From what I have read they reccommend only starting with toothpaste when your child is able to spit it out. Apparently too much fluoride can cause streaking in their adult teeth. We use the Colgate kids toothpaste for DS and I think that says from age 2, but we definatley started way before then, but I can't remember when. I think he was over 1. We only started using it because he was refusing to let us clean his teeth and we basically dipped a couple of bristles in to get a bit of a minty taste so that he would let us. I asked our GP and he said that was fine. I wouldn't have introuced it otherwise.

 

I would say just to continue with water if he happily lets you because it'll be a long time before he can spit. Maybe dentists have no fluoride toothpaste?

 

HTH :)

 

 

 

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just-bubs

We found no fluoride toothpaste at health shop. But it is for adult, not particular one for Kids. My husband uses no fluoride toothpaste.

 

DD1 is 2.6 old, still brushing teeth using water only and we clean her teeth as we don't think she can clean them properly. Her teeth are shinning and sharp. We may let her use toothpaste when she turns to 4 or 5. Again no fluoride toothpaste.

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judy_

we've used the low flouride kiddy toothpaste since DS1 and DS2 got teeth. the amount they use is miniscule!

Ie. pinhead amount.

just enough to give them the flavour of it.

My DS2 would clean his teeth 100 times a day if I let him. but I can't afford a new toothbrush every week.

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JustSmileAndNod

My husband asked his dentist today about our kids teeth - she recommended no toothpaste at all until they can rinse and spit, as the toothpaste can cause white calcification stains to their teeth. We had just started using baby toothpaste on my 18 month old but she said to just use plain water until he can rinse / spit.

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lozoodle

Its not recommended until 2 years of age. A good brush with just water at this age is fine :)

Edited by lozoodle

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Just yesterday I spoke to my dentist about this. She recommends wiping baby's teeth with a washcloth, or even just letting baby chew on one in the bath. Introducing a toothbrush is ok for fun and to get in the habit of brushing, but isn't necessary until they start eating sweet and sticky foods.

 

When they're a bit older (at least 2) you can introduce a children's (low fluoride) toothpaste. If it's hard to get your child to brush properly that's ok - by chewing on the toothbrush with toothpaste they'll still end up with some fluoride on their teeth which is the important bit for preventing cavities.

 

Your MCHN probably said low-fluoride toothpaste, but like PPs have suggested you can get fluoride free toothpaste in the health-food shop (also in the health food section of the supermarket).

 

I used fluoride-free toothpaste for years because I was convinced that I got enough of it in drinking water, but many trips to the dentist recently suggest that perhaps I should have just gone with the regular toothpaste.... oh well.

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ladybeetle1

I am still not using toothpaste on my 21 month old. I will introduce it at 2.

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andrea79

Thanks to you all for your responses. Looks like I'll just keep going with the water then until he's older. DS is very good at letting me brush his teeth and I let him play with the toothbrush to get used to it so it looks like I'm doing enough for now :D

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ecb
Just yesterday I spoke to my dentist about this. She recommends wiping baby's teeth with a washcloth, or even just letting baby chew on one in the bath. Introducing a toothbrush is ok for fun and to get in the habit of brushing, but isn't necessary until they start eating sweet and sticky foods.

 

I'd been told something similar to this with the only addition being that you can use gauze to wipe their little teeth too and that toothbrushes are only necessary once they've molars (which is probably a similar time to the sweet and sticky eating onset). My girls LOVE chewing on washers in the bath but I also do a run around their teeth with some gauze on my finger too.

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QueenOfTheDesert

We started using low fluride toothpaste at 18 months.

I washed DS teeth with a washcloth at first.

At about 12 months we introduced a toothbrush with just water. We would (and still do) clean DS teeth, then let him have a go to practise. We always included rinsing and spitting in the routine. I only introduced the toothpaste when DS could consistently rinse and spit (as opposed to drinking the water).

He now tells me "spit spit" if I don't get his cup of water fast enough!

He loves cleaning his teeth and would do it a dozen times a day if allowed!

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