Pediatric dentists encourage parents to instill healthy oral hygiene habits into their little ones at an early age. In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, you might often wonder if and when children should use mouthwash as part of their dental care routine. Here’s some helpful information to review to answer that question.

When Is Mouthwash Appropriate for Children?

According to the American Dental Association, children can incorporate mouthwash into their dental care routine around the age of six with adult supervision. Usage before this age isn’t recommended since little ones tend to swallow the liquid instead of spitting it out.

Additionally, toddlers should avoid excess fluoride, which is often an ingredient in mouthwash. Too much fluoride exposure at a young age can lead to fluorosis, which results in or white or brown spots on teeth. 

What Are the Benefits of Incorporating Mouthwash into Dental Care?

Dental CareUsing mouthwash lets your child freshen their breath and, in turn, feel confident and ready to chat with their peers at school or in social settings. The fluoride in these rinses also helps strengthen enamel and protect teeth from plaque buildup. Mouthwash is particularly advantageous for children wearing braces since it can dislodge food particles clinging to brackets.

What Should You Look for in a Children’s Mouthwash?

When shopping for mouthwash, select products specifically for children that contain a seal of approval from the ADA. Before purchasing, confirm that they are alcohol-free and contain fluoride. 

 

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