Should My Child Use Mouthwash?
Most dentists would not recommend any child under the age of 6 to use mouthwash, and children that are under the age of 12 should only use mouthwash under adult supervision. The reason for this is because of the risk of the child swallowing the mouthwash. This can be dangerous if it is swallowed in large amounts and can lead to something called fluorosis, a condition where long-lasting spots or streaks appear on the teeth.
So why should children use mouthwash at all? A fluoride mouthwash used on a daily basis can help strengthen teeth against cavities. It can be especially useful for older children with braces. The mouthwash is a great fluoride rinse that can help prevent acid that may build up under the braces.
Today there are a variety of rinses available. Some are specifically aimed at children. If you are concerned about alcohol, there are alcohol-free rinses available that still contain fluoride.
Just remember that if your children are going to use mouthwash, make it clear to them that this is not an effective substitute for regular brushing and flossing.
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