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When to start brushing your baby’s teeth? | Aquafresh survey results

when to start brushing your little ones teeth?

Back in August Little Mr’s first tooth appeared, shortly followed by another tooth two weeks later. Six months on and Little Mr now has a total of ten teeth including two huge molars. I vaguely remember the Health Visitor who visited us at home when Little Mr was a newborn offering us tips on dental hygiene for babies but at that point, in all honesty, I wasn’t the faintest bit interested. I was sleep deprived, my newborn wasn’t feeding from the breast and all the Health Visitor was telling us was when to get my newborns teeth checked in a couple of years time.

According to research carried out by the makers of Aquafresh, out of 1000 parents interviewed, two thirds of the parents surveyed didn’t know how or when to start looking after their little one’s teeth with over a quarter of parents intending to start brushing their baby’s teeth once they had between two and five teeth. Once they have started encouraging their little ones to brush their teeth, one in ten parents feel they’re wasting a lot of time trying to get their children to brush their own teeth. The survey also revealed that a quarter of parents admit that getting children to brush their teeth is difficult and stressful.

When to start brushing your baby’s teeth?

Dentist, Tina Tanna says: “Milk teeth have 50% thinner enamel than adult teeth, so it’s key that mums and dads start brushing their child’s teeth regularly from the minute they come through, even if it’s just the one tooth. This will not only give their children the best possible oral healthcare start, but also get them into a good routine.”

When to start brushing your baby's teeth?

Aquafresh and Netmums have collaborated on ‘tips for teething tots’ and have sent Little Mr a selection of goodies including an Aquafresh baby toothbrush, baby-friendly mint flavour Aquafresh milk teeth toothpaste, an Aquafresh Milk teething aid and a huge bath towel with the top tips for teething tots.

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We started to brush Little Mr’s teeth as soon as his first toothypeg appeared. I was worried it might hurt his gums but we didn’t use much force. Now, Little Mr has become quite fond of his toothbrush, always reaching for it in the bath. We encourage him to brush his teeth in the bath of an evening and he has a toothbrush at his Grandparents to brush them in the morning after his breakfast. Although he just bites down on the brush, we brush his teeth with a tiny amount of toothpaste and then he does try to copy the movements for a few seconds. With practice I’m sure he’ll get there.

When did you start brushing your little one’s teeth? Do they hate it or love it?

Disclaimer: We were sent a selection of Aquafresh goodies for the purpose of this post. 

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6 Comments

  • Reply lorraine hakes

    J is 22 months and has been brushing his teeth since they first came through. We go through about three toothbrushes a month as he chews them like a dog with a bone. He especially loves having his toothbrush in the bath and it’s one of the words he can actually say. Doesn’t say mummy, but will say toothbrush! Once the toothbrush bristles start to spread, I buy a new one. Our 10 year old is the same with her toothbrush and they always get so battered looking. Goodness knows why? Keep up the heard work and hopefully little Mr won’t have to have any fillings :-) x

    04/03/2014 at 8:41 am
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Oh that’s brilliant, I’m so glad you’ve had a positive experience with teeth brushing, start them young and keep them keen! x

      04/03/2014 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Emily Anderson

    Thank you so much for this blog! It’s something I have been wondering for past couple weeks but didn’t find time to look into. Florence has two teeth thought at the front but we have not started brushing yet but now having read this I’m going to get her first toothbrush and start :)

    04/03/2014 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Oh yes, you must Em. We gave Little Mr his toothbrush in the bath to ‘play’ with in his mouth and now he can brush his own teeth with a lot of help from us x

      04/03/2014 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Donna

    We started brushing Little Man’s teeth when they first appeared, months ago now! He now loves splashing in the bath and waits for us to brush his teeth, definitely a part of his routine x

    16/03/2014 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Knowing how dodgy and uncared for my teeth are I want to make sure Blueberry’s are taken care of. I had braces as a teen and they’ve never been quite right – add in the extracted Wisdom tooth and the filling in the side of my tooth and really I need to go back to school on dental care lol. Our friend is a dentist by trade so I might chat to him and see when he recommends in his professional capacity.

    01/06/2014 at 11:25 pm
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