Posted in Babies, Bathing

My almost 10-month-old has about 8 front teeth, which I recently started trying to "brush" with one of those silicone finger mitts from Nuk. It seems ineffective and my son doesn't let me do it for long without screaming. Does anyone recommend a different finger brush or a different device altogether or have tips?

  • Sara
    Sep 26, 2017

    We just went with a regular baby toothbrush. You don’t need to do it for long at this age. It’s really just to get them used to it. You can also wipe the teeth with a wet wash cloth.

  • Drew
    Sep 26, 2017

    We tried the baby banana tooth brush at first but after a couple months switched to a regular baby toothbrush. Like Sara said, it's mostly just to get them used to doing it on a regular basis.

  • Bailey
    Sep 26, 2017

    Try adding xylitol toddler toothpaste. Burt’s Bees has one that tastes like grape so my 13 month old will allow brushing.

  • K
    Sep 26, 2017

    I used this toothbrush (Nuk) and paste for my daughter for a long time after she was 6 mo old. I would brush her teeth first, which she didn't enjoy too much, then I'd let her "brush" her teeth for the following few minutes. I think what helped her get into the habit was her seeing me brush my teeth multiple times a day

  • Josh
    Sep 26, 2017

    I tried multiple finger brushes and toothbrushes. I found that distraction was the most helpful. Watching the Elmo - Brush Your Teeth song played on my phone worked for a while. Now that he’s older, he likes a song about dinosaurs stomping, so I make up my own words about him.

  • Julia
    Sep 27, 2017

    My son was the same way. We eventually got into the habit of, "I brush your teeth first and then you get a turn after." We also played "dentist" for a while and that worked. Now I pretend I'm tickling his teeth. Its just a matter of finding short lived tricks that work for now lol. They say at that young age if you can get them to do it once a day, then that's success.

  • Cynthia
    Sep 27, 2017

    I would take my son with me to my cleanings. He would sit on my lap as the dentist checked my teeth. I know not everyone can do that but it helped. Also I used a wet baby washcloth (new) to wipe his teeth off. Then we added some child safe tooth paste. Later he let us use the 1st timer tooth brush. It helped to "brush" his plush Spider-Man's "teeth".

  • Lesley
    Sep 27, 2017

    Use a baby wash cloth

  • Lesley
    Sep 27, 2017

    I second the baby banana but i use it for a tether, kids love that thing.

  • Shannon
    Sep 27, 2017

    My daughter had teeth pretty early too, and so we would brush our teeth in front of her to show her that it was normal. And then (idk how you feel about this) we had her watch the Elmo brush your teeth song while we brushed her teeth, and now she does it by herself (she is 2)

  • Christine
    Sep 27, 2017

    We let my son brush his teeth, but follow up after him. Especially if he has had fruit or sweets. He accepts that explanation.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2017

    After being a dental assistant and seeing how many kids get cavities and need extensive, expensive, dental work on baby teeth, I've become paranoid about my kid's teeth. Go straight to a baby toothbrush. Toddler toothbrushes are too big and rough at this point. Several baby toothbrushes come with safe toothpaste. I always let my son brush his teeth first for a while, usually while I'm getting him ready. Then I tell him it's my turn and praise him for the great job he did on his teeth and say "wow!" But let's be real here, kids effing hate getting their teeth brushed at this age. So I go quickly but make sure I brush efficiently. And twice a day is a must! It also helps to have him sit on the counter and brush his teeth while I brush mine and we both spit and rinse our mouths. Then I go over his teeth again.

  • Lisa
    Sep 27, 2017

    A toothbrush for you to use and one for him to play with.