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Mouthwash can be an important part of your at-home oral hygiene routine because it kills the germs and bacteria that cause dental cavities, plaque, and gum disease. In addition, mouthwash is also great for helping to freshen your breath and make your mouth feel clean.
We have many parents who ask if mouthwash is a safe choice for their children. The American Dental Association has recommended that you wait until your child is at least six years of age before you begin administering mouthwash to him or her. This is because this is the age where your child is likely to be able to swish the mouthwash and then spit it out without accidentally swallowing it.
If your child is over the age of six, you may allow him or her to begin using mouthwash. Make sure you choose a mouthwash that contains sodium fluoride (to prevent cavities), but that is alcohol-free. You’ll be able to find mouthwashes that cater specifically to kids, including ACT Kid’s Anti-Cavity Mouthwash and Firefly Kid’s Mouthwash. The flavors of these mouthwashes are often less intense than regular, adult mouthwash.
Below are a few tips to follow when including mouthwash in your child’s oral hygiene routine:
If you have any additional questions or concerns about giving your child mouthwash, please contact Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry. Our children’s dental office is located here in Parker, Colorado.