Mouthwash for Children: When to Use and When Not to Use

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If you want your child to have a complete oral hygiene routine, you’re probably wondering when to introduce mouthwash. This is a great step toward helping your child have the top-notch smile and oral health they deserve. To help you, our dentist, Dr. H Arthur Nelson, has some tips and details he would like to share with you.

In order to introduce the mouthwash, your child needs to be 6 years old or older. This is because younger chompers can’t handle the fluoride that is contained in mouthwash. In fact, if they are exposed to too much fluoride, then your child could suffer a dental issue called fluorosis. Also, it’s best to keep mouthwash away from children under 6 years old because they tend to swallow it. If they swallow the paste, they could get sick.

If your child is old enough to use mouthwash and they won’t swallow it, then feel free to encourage them to swish once a day! This can help complete the smile-cleaning job, kill the bacteria in the mouth, and freshen the breath. Just make sure to supervise as they swish so they don’t accidentally swallow the rinse.

Call Nelson and Associates Frisco today at 972-712-9919 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about children’s mouthwash in Frisco, Texas. Our dental team is here to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!