Baby Toothbrush: The Definitive Guide

Read our in-depth review of baby toothbrushes that will make your decision easier when choosing the best brush for your little one.

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Most babies develop their first tooth when they are between 6 and 12 months of age, although some babies are born with their first tooth already showing. As with all things baby related, there is no ‘normal’, and no matter when your little one gets theirs, the appearance of a first tooth is always a big milestone, accompanied by much oohing and aahing and excitement.
Teething can be a tricky time for many babies, when dribbling and grumbles are the order of the day, sleep is restless and all objects are potential chew toys. So you may be forgiven for thinking that the arrival of a first tooth might signal the end of your woes. Yet as one stage ends another begins, and with milk teeth comes the introduction of tooth brushing.

Baby Toothbrush Reviews

Brilliant Baby’s 1st Toothbrush might look unusual but that is because it is a fantastic blend between toothbrush and teething toy and it bridges the gap between those stages in a baby’s development perfectly. This toothbrush has a super soft ‘brush’ section that is semi-circular for ease and is designed to simultaneously brush the top and bottom gnashers.
It is made from 100% FDA approved (food-grade) silicone, so is safe and hygienic for your baby, and the loop handle is perfect for their little hands. Babies can hold and brush their teeth independently with this brush, meaning that you can get on with other things. It is suitable for babies 4 months and over, so you can get your baby started early on this brush and introduce them to the concept of brushing their teeth before you move on to a regular toothbrush.

Pros

  • Suitable for 4+ months, so lots of use
  • Bridges gap between teething and toothbrushing
  • Child can use independently
  • Soft, safe silicone targets top and bottom teeth simultaneously

Cons

  • Silicone can pick up dust
  • Not suitable for long term brushing
This set of 6 finger toothbrushes from Bassion are a wonderful introduction to the world of tooth brushing because it allows you to be in complete control of the bristles and apply as little pressure as you like and only go as far into the mouth as you like. Many parents worry about toothbrushes being a choking hazard for babies, but as these nozzles fit on an adult’s finger, that fear is completely alleviated.
This pack comes with 6 nozzles, which is very handy as they do tend to fall on the floor and disappear, and 6 package cases which keep the nozzles protected and make them easy to pop in a bag and take with you wherever you may go.
The FDA grade silicone is soft, supple and safe for babies and will help to massage their gums while also cleaning their tiny teeth. These finger brushes also help to introduce your child to the sensation of having their teeth cleaned, so that it is not completely foreign when they come to clean them independently with a regular toothbrush.

Pros

  • Fits on your finger so you are in control
  • Soft silicone bristles massage gums and clean baby teeth
  • 6 nozzles so you have back ups
  • Easy to clean
  • 6 cases for safekeeping and transportation

Cons

  • Doesn’t teach baby to hold the brush
  • Silicone can catch dust
Our last pick is this fantastic supersoft toothbrush by Wisdom. It has an easy grip handle that will introduce your baby to the practice of holding their own brush, but the design of the neck is short and wide so you won’t need to worry about your baby pushing the brush too far into their mouth and choking. The handle also has a soft, chewable outer ring that doubles as a teething toy.
The supple, bendy head of this brush reaches even tricky biting surfaces of the new teeth, and the head is super small for comfort and ease in your baby’s tiny mouth. Better still, the super soft bristles are color coded so that you know how much toothpaste to apply and how to increase the amount as your baby grows.

Pros

  • Tiny toothbrush head for tiny mouths
  • Short, wide neck prevents choking
  • Easy grip handle doubles as chewable teething toy
  • Color-coded bristles guide toothpaste amount
  • Bright colorful design is appealing to babies

Cons

  • Not travel friendly
  • Some bristles can fall off

Baby Toothbrush Buyer’s Guide

Soft Bristles

The first thing that you should look for when choosing a baby toothbrush is that it has soft bristles. Baby teeth are far more sensitive than adult teeth, as are their little gums, so super soft bristles are a must. Look out of FDA approved, food-grade silicone nodules and bristles which will be supple, soft and safe for your baby and will also keep their teeth clean.

Brush Grip

The grip on your baby’s toothbrush will determine how independent they can be when performing the task. An easy grip will encourage them to hold the brush themselves, whilst a finger nozzle will give you total control but won’t teach your baby to hold the brush themselves.

Multi-functionality

Many baby toothbrushes double up as teething toys and have cleverly integrated chewable surfaces as well as the silicone bristles. Buying a multi-functional brush will allow you to get more use out of it, which is only a good thing when you consider how quickly babies grow out of every stage of their development.

Storage

Having a case or lid for your baby’s toothbrush will make it more hygienic to store and more convenient to travel with. As silicone tends to pick up dust very easily, a lid that covers the bristles will keep your baby’s toothbrush clean and safe, although you should always wash it thoroughly before and after use as well.

Baby Tooth Brushing Tips

  • You should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear. This may only involve the lightest of massages around the gums and tooth heads, but it will keep those milk teeth clean and white and will also get your child used to the sensation and practice of brushing early.
  • Always brush your baby’s teeth twice a day. This sets a good routine for the future and ensures that hygiene levels are maintained. Most parents brush before bed, and after breakfast in the morning.
  • Brush in small circular motions on each tooth, and remember to brush the back and bottom teeth as they come through.
  • Only put the tiniest smear of fluoride based toothpaste on your baby’s brush. There are special baby toothpastes available that have a low fluoride content and a mild, baby-friendly flavor. As your baby grows into a toddler you can increase the amount to a pea-size blob.
  • If you are struggling to brush your baby’s teeth try sitting them on your knee and lying their head against your chest as you control the brush. Simple brushing songs and poems can also really help to calm your baby and make tooth brushing time fun!

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