Parenting WTF #1: Baby Toothpaste

Sometimes we do things that make me say “Seriously?!?!” Baby toothpaste is one of them.

Maya began teething about a month ago, sprouting two cute rabbit teeth up front. Someone recommended (to my wife) that we should get some toothpaste and start brushing her teeth. Mind you — she only has two tiny teeth.

In that discussion, a small repartee ensued around whether or not fluoride is safe for babies. I would guess at such small quantities, it’s probably irrelevant. Anyways, I found the idea of brushing a baby that has no teeth a bit ridiculous, but I chose not to fight this one. So we went to Target and bought some Tom’s Toothpaste for children:

We now incorporate brushing into Maya’s nighttime bath routine. And by brushing, I mean the baby eating the toothpaste and then chewing on the brush for the next 2 minutes.

I did some research and not surprisingly, the American Dental Association recommends brushing and First Tooth = First Dental Visit. I don’t want to sound like one of those crazy anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists, but of course the ADA would recommend these — they are strongly incentivized to do so. Dental hygiene is very important, there’s no doubt about it, but can’t we just wait until a few more teeth sprout up before we start making special trips to get some baby toothpaste?

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