Mouthwash is a great addition to your oral care routine, but is it safe for your children to use? Mouthwash can help freshen your breath, and some can protect your teeth against acids or help you recover from gum problems or a fungal infection.
Kids can use mouthwash, but there are certainly some rules and exceptions to follow. Children between the ages of six and 12 can use mouthwash, but only if an adult is present to make sure they are using it correctly. If your kid is under six years old, they should only use oral rinses if they are recommended by their dentist.
Mouthwash has too much fluoride for kids under six and can cause fluorosis which can cause changes in the color and texture of their teeth. This can also happen a small child swallows fluoride toothpaste. Children can have trouble grasping the concept of swishing mouthwash and then spitting it out. You can teach them how to do this with water to see if they’re ready for mouthwash.
If your kid is ready to use mouthwash, use a children’s anticavity fluoride rinse and be sure to supervise them each time they use it. You’ll also want to make sure the mouthwash they use is alcohol-free. Mouthwash for both adults and children should be stored out of reach of young children as they may confuse it with a beverage which could have serious consequences.
Mouthwash isn’t a must for every child, so be sure to check with their dentist first. It can be a great way for older children with braces to rinse their mouths and prevent acid producing bacteria from building up. Having your teenager use mouthwash can also build up healthy oral habits for them as they become adults.
If you aren’t sure if your child should use mouthwash, ask their dentist the next time they come into Tribeca Dental Studio’s Tribeca Dental Studio 4 Kids. Call today to schedule an appointment at 347-508-6412.