Best Baby Toothbrush and Toothpaste 2018
Best Baby Toothbrush and Toothpaste 2018
Last Updated: Best Baby Toothbrush and Toothpaste 2018. . After researching, reviewing and testing 15 baby toothbrushes, we pick the Jordan Step 1 Baby Toothbrush ($12.98 on Amazon) as the Best Baby Toothbrush 2018.
Scroll down for our picks for Best Toothpaste.
New to kids’ toothbrush shopping? Read our 7 Things No One Tells You About Buying a Toothbrush.
The Jordan Step 1 has soft bristles, a grippy ergonomic handle, and comes in cool colors. We like the visual marking on the bristles to show parents how much toothpaste to use (only about the size of a grain of rice for 6-12 month olds).
Another plus: the Jordan Step 1 is affordable: four brushes for $13. Our testers were happy overall with the brush although some complained the handle was too big for tiny hands and wished the bristles were a bit softer.
Other baby toothbrushes we tested didn’t last as long or lacked soft bristles. We also thought gimmicky toothbrushes shaped like bananas or sharks were nice but too expensive—often 30% more than our top pick. There’s no reason to waste money on this, especially since toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months.
Want an electric toothbrush? In our tests, the Oral-B Kids Battery Powered Toothbrushes ($5) performed the best. As you’d guess, you can choose from just about any character for these toothbrushes . . . but we are partial to the BB-8 version:
Be aware this this brush vibrates but does not spin—which is fine, as it cleans just as well. And it is a bit loud—so give it a test spin before you do the first brushing so there are no surprises! In our testing, both toddlers and parents preferred this brand of electronic toothbrush.
Our recommendation for best Baby Toothpaste is below.
The Best Toothbrush
Jordan 1 Baby Toothbrush
With it’s unique ergonomic handle and bright colors, the Jordan 1 is a great first toothbrush for babies 6 to 12 months.
Also Great: Dr. Brown’s Infant to Toddler Toothbrush Set
Dr. Brown, most famous for their baby bottles, also makes excellent toothbrushes. The Infant to Toddler brush has a soft, flexible handle shaped like an elephant with an elongated trunk. The “ears” stick out to the side so your baby can’t shove the brush into her mouth too far. Priced at $7 ($8 for the pink version), both the brush and Dr. Brown’s Natural Baby Toothpaste are included in the purchase.
Unfortunately, you can’t buy the toothbrush by itself. We’re not impressed with Dr. Brown’s fluoride-free toothpaste (see our recommendations below) which means you’re wasting quite a bit of money here. Another issue: a few of our testers (and other parents in online reviews) complained the bristles fell out, a potential hazard to your baby. Others thought the bristles weren’t soft enough.
However, most of our testers were pleased with Dr. Brown’s baby toothbrush brush overall, so we’ll recommend it as a runner-up pick.
What about baby finger toothbrushes?
We tested five different versions of the finger toothbrush, a silicon device that slips over your finger. It typically has soft silicone bristles to massage/brush baby’s gums, and later, teeth. After extensive testing and conversations with both parents and pediatricians, we decided not to recommend any of these baby finger toothbrushes. Here’s our reasoning:
- Baby finger toothbrushes are very thin and rather delicate, so they didn’t last long. Even babies with only one or two teeth quickly chew the silicone up, requiring replacement.
- In our tests, babies thought it was pretty funny to bite down on them. Not such a huge problem when they don’t have teeth, but, oh boy, when trying to brush even one new tooth, babies could inflict some serious pain! (If you’re breastfeeding, you know all about that!). The take home message: once babies have teeth, baby finger toothbrushes aren’t easy to use or effective.
- You don’t need them. Dentists and pediatricians agree that gauze squares will wipe clean your baby’s gums and later teeth just fine for the first six to nine months or so. Then you can look for a suitable baby toothbrush like those we recommend above.
Best Baby Toothpaste
Parents often ask our resident pediatrician, Dr. Ari Brown, what should I brush my child’s teeth with? The simple answer: a fluoride toothpaste. What about those special baby or toddler toothpastes?
We don’t recommend them for two reasons. First, they often do NOT have fluoride. Second, baby and toddler toothpastes are very sweet with fruity flavors. In our testing, flavored toothpastes encourage kids to suck on the toothbrush—making it a challenge to actually clean the teeth!
Fluoride is important for cavity-free teeth and is recommended by both pediatric dentists and pediatricians. Yes, there are lots of articles in the fever swamps of the Internet claiming fluoride is dangerous. We understand as a parent you might be concerned that your child is getting too much fluoride from drinking water and toothpaste. If you have such concerns, speak with your pediatrician–she’ll have accurate information about fluoride exposure in your area.
Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste is our top choice for best toothpaste. Not Kid’s Crest—we recommend the adult version. It contains no Triclosan (an antibacterial additive used to combat gingivitis and plaque build up that has become controversial recently). It does contain fluoride, in a form called Stannous Fluoride, which offers good protection from plaque and gingivitis as well as cavities. The best things about Crest? It’s affordable (54¢ per ounce) and available everywhere.
Also Great: Tom’s of Main Anticavity Toothpaste
If you’d prefer a natural alternative, Tom’s of Maine Natural Wicked Cool Fluoride Toothpaste is another great choice, although it costs more than Crest (67¢ per ounce). While it does come in strawberry and orange-mango, we don’t recommend sweet flavors–kids tend to suck on their toothbrushes making brushing more difficult. Tom’s of Maine Natural Wicked Cool Fluoride Toothpaste does not contain artificial dyes, sweeteners or flavors.
Why Trust Us
We’ve been rating and reviewing baby gear since 1994. We participate in hands on testing of toothbrushes and toothpastes and we pay for our all of the products we test. We look to our reader feedback to give us a real world perspective on toothbrushes and toothpaste—our message boards has thousands of threads many of which include questions and suggestions regarding hygiene. We also evaluate consumer reviews posted on sites like Buy Buy Baby and Amazon.
Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews. We’ve been writing and reviewing baby gear since 1994. Yes, that long!
How we picked a winner
We evaluated toothbrushes and toothpaste with hands on testing, checking for comfort, durability and ease of use by parents (brushing an infant’s teeth) and independent toddlers. We also gather significant reader feedback. Besides interviewing parents, we also talk with pediatricians and pediatric dentists who advise us on children’s development.
We’ve been rating and reviewing baby products since 1994 and have sold over 2 million books. We’ve developed an extensive readership of parents who provide extensive feedback on products we review.
7 Things No One Tells You About Brushing Your Baby’s Teeth!
1. Start early.
Pediatric dentists recommend using a soft cloth or gauze pad to clean baby’s mouth after every feeding. Your child gets used to having something in her mouth and you get into a routine as well.
2. Use toothpaste when that very first tooth appears, between six and twelve months of age.
Wipe all your baby’s teeth gently with either a washcloth or soft brush and a grain-of-rice-size bit of fluoride toothpaste,
3. It’s okay if baby swallows the toothpaste.
It’s tough to get a baby to spit on cue, so as long as you aren’t using an adult amount of toothpaste, it’s not harmful for a baby to swallow a tiny bit.
4. Once the teeth come it, brush or wipe your baby’s teeth at least twice a day.
5. ALWAYS brush after baby’s last feeding.
But, you say, your nine month old is still night feeding? Dr. Ari Brown, pediatrician, AAP spokesperson and author of the Baby 411 book series, notes that if your baby is old enough to have teeth, he’s old enough to sleep through the night. If you continue the night feedings you’ll have to wake baby up and clean his teeth, or he will end up with cavities! So if you are doing a 2am feeding, you’ll need to do a 2am tooth brushing.
6. Baby’s first visit to the dentist should happen around one year of age.
After that, every six months is fine.
7. Tips for brushing toddler’s teeth:
- Give your toddler a toothbrush while you are brushing her teeth with another brush.
- Electric toothbrushes can be quite fun for toddlers; they aren’t recommended for babies under 2 years of age.
- Brush teeth in the bath tub while they’re distracted with toys and such.
- Find a “brushing song” that will keep them brushing for the length of the song.
- Let them pick a special toothbrush design with a character if need be.
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