Bean almost has all of his teeth already. He got his first one when he was about four months old and since then he’s pretty much always been cutting something. Unless he’s cutting an incisor or a molar, he’s been pretty good about cutting teeth. He runs a little bit of a fever a couple days before, but he never gets too cranky. With his incisors and molars, he got really, really irritable a couple days before they came through, but the minute they broke the skin, he was back to his normal happy self. I think we’ve been pretty lucky.
At our one-year doctor’s appointment, the pediatrician said we should go ahead and start brushing Bean’s teeth with a child’s toothbrush and toothpaste. So, I bought Thomas the Tank Engine toothpaste and the tiniest toothbrush I’d ever seen. And then I giggled for two days.
The only experience I had brushing someone else’s teeth was brushing the dog’s teeth and that is never a pleasant experience, so I was dreading Bean’s first time. But, turns out that babies are a lot easier than dogs! Bean loved it!
I’m sure there are a ton of ways to brush little dude’s teeth, but here’s how I did it.
I wet the toothbrush and then put just a dab of toothpaste on there.
Then, I showed Bean how to open his mouth by opening mine and saying, “Ahhhhhh….” He mimicked right back and so I started brushing each area of his mouth. Occasionally, he would bite down onto the brush and when that happened, I’d just open my mouth again and show him how to say, “Ahhhhh….” and he would open right back up.
When all of his teeth had been scrub-a-dub-dubbed, I rinsed off the toothbrush and then let him run it around in his mouth. I figured this would get some of that toothpaste out since he’s not really able to spit yet and I also thought this would give him the experience of brushing his own teeth.
We brushed Bean’s teeth right after his bath. Our pediatrician recommended that we only do it once a day, since right now we’re really only doing it to get Bean in the habit and it isn’t really doing too much so far as cleaning goes.
I can’t believe he’s old enough to brush his teeth now. I can’t believe he’s old enough to have any teeth to brush!!! Wasn’t he just an teeny, tiny, toothless newborn yesterday?!?!?!