Can Kids Use Mouthwash?

You know that maintaining good oral hygiene is just as important for your child as it is for you. So, you make sure that they brush their teeth every day, floss every night, and visit Kingstowne Dental Specialists for regular check-ups and dental cleanings.

One important tool in our oral hygiene arsenal is mouthwash. But is it safe for your kids to use it too?

Keep reading to learn the answer.

It Depends on Your Child's Age

According to the American Dental Association, kids under six shouldn't use mouthwash. The ingredients in the product are not suitable for their developing bodies. And kids younger than six years old could accidentally swallow the mouthwash and get too much fluoride. An increased fluoride intake can lead to fluorosis, a condition that affects developing teeth and can lead to brown or white spots on the enamel.

Make Sure to Choose the Right Mouthwash

If your child is over six years old and your Alexandria pediatric dentist recommends mouthwash, make sure you look for alcohol-free products. Alcohol-based mouthwashes can be too harsh for children's delicate mouths and cause irritation.

How to Use Mouthwash for Children

It's important to follow the instructions carefully so that your child can fully benefit from what the product can offer them. Make sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth first and only uses a small amount of mouthwash - usually around a teaspoon or less.

Children may not be able to swish the mouthwash around in their mouths effectively, so it may be helpful to have them take small sips and hold it in their mouths for a few seconds before spitting it out.

It's also important to supervise children when they are using mouthwash to make sure they don't accidentally swallow it. It's a good idea to have them use the mouthwash in the presence of an adult and to make sure they spit it out in the sink and not swallow it.

Benefits of Mouthwash for Kids

As we said, if your child is over six years old, you can safely introduce mouthwash into their daily oral care routine. Mouthwash can provide many benefits, including freshening their breath, reducing plaque and bacteria, and helping to prevent cavities. It can also help to reduce the risk of gingivitis, a common gum disease in children.

Want to Learn How to Take Better Care of Your Child's Teeth? We Can Help!

Things can get a bit confusing when it comes to pediatric dental care. But the team at Kingstowne Dental Specialists is here to help you with any information you need. We have plenty of educational articles on our blog that can be helpful. Or you can always schedule an appointment with our dentists for a more thorough consultation or chat.

Call us at (703) 493-0622 and let us know how we can help you and your child.

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