Hannah’s first tooth (and Dr Brown’s infant to toddler toothbrush)
My baby is growing so crazy quick! From being a tiny poppet to walking, giving me attitude and now sprouting teeth… I can’t keep up.
I was initially slightly worried as Hannah didn’t cut any teeth until after she turned one. Despite this, she was allegedly teething from about four months. She was dribbling more than me at a buffet, biting everything… Oh, and every time we had a rough night, I blamed teething and expected to see a stump the next morning. But for 12 whole months, there wasn’t a single solitary tooth.
But it seems that teeth are like buses. One came, then another, and now several others are queuing up for their welcome to the world.
Anyway, I was sent Dr. Brown’s Infant-to-toddler toothbrush a while back, and now we finally get to use it.
The toothbrush is super-cute, with a soft, rubbery teething friendly handle. Dr. Brown’s are experts in all things baby (I’ve reviewed their steriliser here). They also do ergonomic teethers, and Dr. Brown’s Infant-to-toddler toothbrush is made with baby handling in mind. Hannah grips it with her little hand and brushes her own teeth (though I go over to make sure she covers all two of her teeth).
Baby teeth – to fluoride or not to fluoride
But while she’s taking to oral hygiene, I was a bit hesitant to bust out the fluoride toothpaste for fear that she’d swallow too much. But thankfully, the fountain on knowledge that is instagram, shed some light. I got some great advice from Dr Mubeena (you can check her insta here) on how to introduce toothpaste.
And for any mums who may also be thinking about when to start brushing baby teeth, here is Dr Mubeena’s advice…
Brushing baby teeth and using fluoride – an expert’s advice
“Babies and children under three should only use a smear of toothpaste. This is a thin film of toothpaste covering no less than 3/4s of the top of the brush bristles. Brushing should start from as soon as the first tooth erupts. It should be supervised up until they are much older and have good handwriting and dexterity in their hands. Also be careful not to allow little ones to lick the paste from the tube so they don’t swallow too much fluoride. Under 3’s should use toothpaste with no less than 1000ppm fluoride to prevent decay.
A baby toothpaste such as Milk Teeth is ideal for under three’s. the taste is not minty so kids tend to prefer this one. I’ve seen many parents using herbal toothpastes with no fluoride and their kids have decay in many of their baby teeth! I wouldn’t recommend non-flouride toothpastes. As long as your using a kid’s toothpaste and using a smear of paste rather than putting a lot on the brush, you can avoid them swallowing too much.”
You can get the Dr Brown’s Infant to toddler toothbrush on www.cmsshop.co.uk.
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