Is It Healthy For Children To Use Mouthwash?
Mouthwash freshens the breath at the same time that it kills germs that cause plaque, cavities, and bad breath. While mouthwash is an important part of any adult’s at-home oral hygiene routine, you may wonder if it’s right for your child. The answer is yes; mouthwash is safe for children to use, although the American Dental Association recommends it only for children older than six. Children younger than this may accidentally swallow the mouthwash.
If your child is older than six, you may want to begin teaching him or her how to use mouthwash. First, select mouthwash that contains sodium fluoride to prevent cavities, and is alcohol-free. You’ll notice that there are several brands of mouthwash that are made specifically for children. We recommend using one of these brands, as they’re usually the safest option.
Please remind your children that mouthwash is to be added to their already existing dental hygiene routine. It should not be used in place of brushing and flossing. Mouthwash can also fight plaque that builds up between braces, making it a great tool for kids who are currently receiving orthodontic treatment.
Mouthwash Tips For Kids
- When your child is first learning to use mouthwash, make sure you’re supervising him or her to make sure no mouthwash is being swallowed accidentally.
- Choose a fun flavor, like bubblegum or cherry. Most kids are huge fans of the super minty mouthwash flavors.
- Remind your children to continue to brush and floss in combination with the mouthwash.
For more helpful tips on helping your kids maintain good oral hygiene habits, or to make an appointment, please contact Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry today. Our office is located in lovely Dover, NH.