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Cylindrical toothbrush for babies

Because at that age, they don't know what the hell they're doing.
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I was watching my friend try to brush his year-old daughter's teeth the other day, and while she didn't oppose the process, she wasn't exactly co-operating either. Simply put, she kept trying to eat the toothbrush (or at least munch on it for a while).

If the toothbrush had bristles all around the sides, her munching would be far more constructive. Naturally, they would have to be very soft so as not to damage her gums, and probably a bit shorter than those on an ordinary brush, but most babies prefer to be in control of the situation when it comes to shoving blunt sticks into their gob.

Also, it could do with some kind of wide bit like you get on a dummy, to prevent the lil' tykes trying to brush their tracheas. And it should make a pleasing (to an infant) noise when chewed - I dunno, a squeak, or a short burst of Sam Cooke, or something.

friendlyfire, Oct 10 2004

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       Sounds good, and probably good for pets, too.   

       (Not the <<same>> toothbrush, obviously!)   

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not_only_but_also, Oct 10 2004
  

       Babies have cylindrical mouths?   

       But I will remind you that children's teeth are disposable for a reason - they're too young to take good care of them, and they're naturally predisposed to sweet things. Don't bother brushing your child's teeth until they're old enough to do it themselves. Then they'll be well placed to take good care of their adult teeth.
DrCurry, Oct 10 2004
  

       I must disagree good doctor. While it's true that their baby teeth are going to fall out and it seems pointless to try saving them, it is never too early to start teaching them good oral hygiene and it makes it easier to teach them to do it properly themselves if they have experience of what properly should feel like. (+)   

       friendlyfire will be happy (or not) to know that I saw a toothbrush of similar description on little rosie's sitting room floor last week.
plainvanilla, Oct 15 2005
  

       This is an excellent idea. I too have noticed that kids like to munch. A munchable toothbrush is exactly what is needed to help keep kid teeth clean.   

       I think, though, that it is important that the thing vaguely resemble a toothbrush. [2 fries] makes the excellent point that the real reason to start early with the kids is not to save their teeth, but to teach good habits. They need to understand that this is toothbrushing, not just another munch activity.
bungston, Oct 15 2005
  

       As soon as they have teeth children should brush (or be brushed) for the same 2 minutes as everyone else. If they don't the bacteria will build up and infect the permanent tooth before it evens erupts. In fact, here in the States parents can be reported to Child Protection Services for sever tooth problems. So yeah a cylidrical brush would be cool. Although babies shouldn't be brushing thier teeth by themselves, unless they have a special tooth paste.
PollyNo9, Oct 16 2005
  
      
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