Will Your Child Benefit from Using Mouthwash?
Dental care is different for parents and children. One thing that you as an adult should be using is mouthwash. You may wonder if your child should be using mouthwash as well. Here are a few points to help you determine if your child needs to take this additional step, and a few tips for helping your children use mouthwash properly.
Should Your Child Use Mouthwash?
The short answer is that this is something you probably want to discuss with your pediatric dentist on your next visit. However, one common guideline is not to have a child use mouthwash before the age of six. There are a couple of reasons that this is the case. First, mouthwashes with fluoride might have too much for young teeth. Second, you may have trouble getting a very young child to understand the importance of spitting out the mouthwash rather than swallowing it.
On the other hand, as a child gets a little older, using mouthwash once a day after brushing and flossing can help the cavity-fighting benefits of a good oral care routine. Mouthwash can be particularly beneficial for children with braces who may struggle to get all of the food particles clear with just brushing and flossing. Again, your pediatric dentist can help you know when to introduce mouthwash to your child’s routine.
Helping a Child to Use Mouthwash Properly
Be sure to provide supervision to keep your child from swallowing the mouthwash. Use a mouthwash that is designed specifically for children or the brand that your pediatric dentist recommends. You can turn using mouthwash into a fun game for your child by using a stopwatch to time the swishing and then telling your child when to spit it out.
Preventative Dental Care for Children in the San Diego Area
BRSH+FLSS is your source for the best in preventive dental care for kids in the San Diego area. Our pediatric dentists are always ready to help your child understand the importance of maintaining a good dental care routine at home. Call 619-741-1500 today to schedule an appointment, and let us help keep that happy smile on your child’s face.