Mouthwashes are an easy and effective way to kill germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, tooth decay and cavities. Also, the aftertaste of mint and other flavors leave our mouth refreshed for long periods. But many of us wonder whether these mouthwashes are equally effective and safe for our kids?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that the best age to start mouthwashes or mouth rinses for kids is 6 years. It is best to stick to regular brushing and flossing for kids below this age. Once your child is old enough to use mouth washes they develop reflexes to spit the product after use rather than gulp it, which is harmful.
Combined with brushing and flossing, mouth rinses are great tools against hard to reach plaque build-up, especially for kids with braces.
Following are some of the tips for a safe introduction to using mouthwashes:
- For kids aged between 6 and 12 years, adult supervision is important while using a mouthwash.
- If using a fluoride mouthwash, stick to using it at night only for maximum efficacy. Take care that you are not unnecessarily exposing your child to excessive fluoride usage. Over extended usage your child might run the risk for fluorosis, which is a condition that causes teeth to appear spotted or streaked.
- Never allow mouthwash to become a substitute for brushing.
To know more about healthy oral care for kids contact Green Meadow Dental at 3579 B Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111 (860)-865-0056. Many people from West Hartford come to our office because we are conveniently located next to Target. Our flexible hours and family dental practice makes it easy for busy families to schedule visits for both parents and children.
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