When to start brushing baby teeth?

Note: This post was sponsored by Aquafresh through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Aquafresh, all opinions are my own.”

In case you didn’t know, I have the most adorable baby in all of the land. True! And I’ve clearly turned into an obnoxious, crazy over picture sharing mom! Being a mom is really the toughest job ever, I mean I’m trying to do it all right, but it’s hard, y’all! There is so much to learn (15 things I’ve already  learned right here). Oh and you have to learn it all on very little sleep. (What’s up with that?!)  And yea, the internet, that place is scary! With all of it’s information and opinions about everything from vaccines to breastfeeding to tummy time, and heck, even when you are supposed to brush their little teeth or gums! Yep, gums need brushin’ too!

So, today’s dilemma… When to start brushing baby teeth or gums? I asked on C.R.A.F.T. facebook, and got lots of answers, you can see them all here. I agree with Aquafresh that good habits start now! And Aquafresh is, after all, the little mouth experts ™. I mean, why not start them while they’re young so brushing is just part of life?  Makes sense to me. That way when he does grow teeth, he’s already used to the daily brushing routine. He’s 10 weeks old this week, and we are working on a nightly routine and I just added brushing the gums to it!

brushing baby teeth

Did you know that compared to your tooth enamel, your baby’s is 50% thinner. crazy, right? That’s why you need expert protection! Here’s what I like about Aquafresh training toothpaste:


  • The training toothpaste is fluoride free
  • The toothpaste is safe to swallow (since it is fluoride free)
  • No artificial colors or preservatives


Maxwell hasn’t actually tested out the toothpaste yet since he is not 3 months old, but we are brushing the gums with a damp, soft cloth! And we are working on our toothbrush holding skills! He’s a little confused as to what he should do with it…. brush his hair?

when to start brushing baby teeth

Use as a mustache prop?

when to start brushing baby teeth


June 23rd will be the 3 month mark when we whip out the tooth paste! Oh and use the product as directed on label. How old was your baby when you started brushing? And another, when did your baby get teeth? I’ve heard it can be as early as 3 months or as late as a year. I was the late bloomer who did not get a tooth until I was one year old!


Psst… want more Maxwell posts, here is our birth story!


  1. ahh, Maxwell is just too cute!! Our little guy is almost 11 months and has only one tooth…we laugh because his toothbrush is literally a tooth-brush. Will definitely have to check out the toothpaste, I didn’t even know they made ones for babies, we have just been using water.

    • Jamie Dorobek says:

      ha! Love that a tooth-brush :) I was a late bloomer too and I’ve (knock on wood) never had a cavity!

  2. My baby got her first tooth right around 6 months and her second about a month later. We only recently started brushing, but she LOVES it. There is no fight or whining. She opens right up and babbles while we brush away. She has now started holding the toothbrush and making the brushing movements herself. It’s the cutest thing ever, except maybe maxwell using the toothbrush as a mustache prop!

    • Jamie Dorobek says:

      Glad to hear your babe loves brushing! And who would have thought a toothbrush makes a good mustache 😉


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