Your baby's first teeth - aka milk teeth - might only be temporary but it's still important to take care of them.
Starting oral care from an early age is an important step to create a life-long habit. Tooth brushing can begin as soon as the baby's first tooth pokes through the gums. The NHS states that pediatric dentists recommend cleaning baby's gums after feedings, which helps fight bacterial growth and promotes good oral health.
Starting playing and practising with toothbrushes and toothpaste, even before any teeth appear, is also great for getting your little one used to the feeling. There are some great products to help your baby get used to feeling something in their mouths - which, I'm sure we can imagine, is a bit weird to start with.
Read our top tips for introducing your baby to a toothbrush
To help you find your baby's first toothbrush, we have rounded up the best baby toothbrushes you can buy today. One top tip to help your little one get used to toothbrushing is to let them choose their brush - it gives them a boost of confidence and ownership:
The best baby’s first toothbrushes:
This is a top product made from 100% food grade silicone and BPA free. The set comes with one teether and two finger toothbrushes. The banana is a great training tool as it's easy for little ones to grasp and place into their mouth to investigate; you can also pop the brushes on your fingers to get into baby's mouth and brush those early milk teeth.
MAM Learn to Brush Toothbrush Set comes with two brushes, one with a long handle for baby and parent to brush together and one with a short and compact handle for children that can brush independently.
Both round heads adapt perfectly to baby's mouth. It cleverly comes with red bristles indicate the proper amount of toothpaste to use.
This is a different tool to help you to clean your baby's mouth before the first tooth appears. This rabbit-shaped cloth will massage sensitive gums, making back areas reachable. Simply slip your fingers in the ears and go! It will also help your little one get used to having something poking in their mouth and around their gums (it can also be helpful to ease the pain of teething). This cloth is machine washable, BPA-free and comes in pink or blue.
This Battery Powered Baby Toothbrush is suitable from 6 months to 4 years. It comes with soft bristles and two extra heads, plus it has a built-in timer and an LED light. It might take some practise to get your little one used to a battery-powered toothbrush instead of a manual one.
This toothbrush can be used from 6 months. The set includes two brushes: a cleaning trainer and a brushing trainer. The cleaning trainer is designed to be chewed and gently cleans and massages the gums and palate; the brushing trainer helps children get used to a toothbrush and gently cleans their first teeth.
This is a four-stage oral care set, perfect to help parents establish healthy oral habits and look after all of baby's developing teeth. This set includes: silicone massager (stage 1), smaller head massaging brush (stage 2), bigger head massaging brush (stage 3) and nylon bristle brush (stage 4).
This Wisdom Step By Step Super Soft Toothbrush is designed for use from birth to two years. It's a combination of toothbrush and teething ring, with a short neck for brushing safely and textured sections to relieve gum irriation.
This is a best-seller on Amazon, most likely due to its super-easy handling. This toothbrush comes with a tiny brush head with super-soft bristles, with a timer for two minutes, and a pulse every 30 seconds. This package includes replacement brush head and 1 x AAA battery.
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This Baby Training Toothbrush Set comes with one silicone anti-slip toothbrush, one soft toothbrush, one tongue scraper cleaner and one back-up plate - so your little one will have everything to make tooth brushing easy. It's BPA-free, non-toxic and bacteria resistant. With this set you can clean the mouth, massage the gums, and even allow your baby to practise the gripping technique.
If you're looking for an eco-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable bamboo toothbrush, look no further. This set comes with four toothbrushes, with small brush heads ideal for little ones' mouths.
Weleda is all about natural care, and this product promises to give oral protection for baby teeth with extracts of organic calendula flowers to keep gums healthy.
This can be use as a teether, or as a finger toothbrush. It comes with an ergonomically shaped handle, which is easy for little ones to grip.
Designed by a dentist, Brush-Baby's Chewable Toothbrush helps to clean teeth, massage gums and soothe teething gums as it is chewed. The H-shaped head is filled with soft silicone bristles that help to clean all surfaces of the top and bottom teeth and gums as it is chewed.
This is a box of 28 individually hygienically wrapped dental wipes, suitable for babies from 0-16 months. These soft, disposable wipes are gently formulated and uniquely textured to help cleanse delicate gums and first baby teeth.
Brush-Baby Teething Toothpaste is low in fluoride which helps strengthen enamel. It's flavoured 'Applemint' to suit infant tastes. It's suitable from 0-2 years.
What is the best way to brush your baby's teeth?
Buying a high-quality toothbrush for your baby is a good way to ensure you are doing it correctly.
You will need need to use a specific toothpaste for your baby. Brushing gently both sides of each teeth and gums is important. Create a routine around it, like Katie Piper does with her daughter Belle, doing at least twice a day. Remember to go easy and make the experience a calming and fun one - it's a good idea to let your little one play around with the toothbrush, so they can familiarise themselves.
Even before your baby’s first tooth pops through, it’s a good idea to start brushing, so that he gets used to the sensation. Twice a day, smear a tiny amount of low-fluoride toothpaste on a baby toothbrush and gently brush in a circular motion. Don’t rinse, the toothpaste works better if it stays in his mouth. Encourage him to join in with the brushing – even if it’s simply chewing the brush!
When do you make your baby’s first dentist appointment?
The earlier the better as you need to learn how to look after your baby’s teeth and gums as soon as that first appears. A good way to make your baby get used to this is taking him/her along with when you visit the dentist. Even though your little one will lose these first teeth, they are important for your baby's development helping not only with the food chewing but also with speech development.
Read next: How to prepare your baby for a visit to the dentist
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