Dr. Ashley Mann says the brushing starts with babies. He started with his one-month-old infant.
What did he use? An infant toothbrush, which is really a gum massager, with little round bumps on it.
Why start so young? Because you want to get your baby used to having something in the mouth stimulating the gums. Also, you want to brush away plaque buildup from milk on their gums.
How often? You’ll want to build up the habit of working with their mouth daily, so when they do get their first teeth, they will have an easier time.
When do we switch to a different toothbrush? When your child has the first sign of teeth, that’s when we recommend using the slip on finger toothbrush with very soft bristles.
When should we use a real children’s toothbrush? By the time your infant is a toddler, before a year and a half, you should be moving off the finger toothbrush, and getting the small, very soft bristled, wide stemmed, toothbrushes for children.