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Dental health from 6 months?

What should I be doing for baby’s teeth (two on the bottom)? He’s only 6 months, and he nurses to sleep and sometimes through out the night. Should I be concerned about rotting? Because otherwise these sleep habits work for us. Additionally, when does baby first go to the dentist? He doesn’t even open his mouth to let me see his teeth so I don’t imagine he’d do it for anyone else.

  • Jenn
    Nov 21, 2018

    My Dr just told me to start brushing my LO's teeth and she is 6 months. Now I brush them right before she goes to bed after her last bottle. You can also wipe with a wet wash cloth. I do think that keeping the teeth clean is important because I've read that one of the main reason for baby cavities is milk left on the teeth. I don't think they need to go to the dentist til 2 unless you think there is a problem.

  • Lisa
    Nov 21, 2018

    I second no need for dentist at this point, as all they do is count the teeth till age 2 or 3. Between 1 year to 18 months would be a good time to start going to the dentist, so they can look in and the kid can get used to the place and people before the first cleaning around age 3 ish. My daughter is about the same age, has only 2 bottom teeth and still takes milk at night as well. We just try to use the soft bristle finger tooth brush that goes on a finger like twice a day. Over Christmas break (I’m a school bus driver), I plan to wean her from the night milk, and I need time when we are home and nothing is planned.

  • Kendall
    Nov 21, 2018

    Just got my teeth cleaned and I asked my dentist when I should bring my 12 month old in. She said they start at a year but that honestly it isn’t like they’re getting much accomplished. She recommended to get an apt in by 2 years old but even then kids don’t cooperate. She said that usually at those young apts they just really educate the parents on how/when/where to brush and do their best to get a decent clean and feel around in the mouth. My son has 8 teeth and I do my best to brush but I know he’d just be scared and cry in the chair so I’m not gonna bother for a little while longer..

  • Elizabeth
    Nov 23, 2018

    It’s normal to nurse to sleep. Some women take their kids to their first dentist appointment right when their teeth pop out. Some wait til 2years