If you are unsure when to introduce your child to rinsing with mouthwash, our dentist and team can provide some useful information and help you care for your child’s oral health. To help your child have the best possible oral health, we offer a few tips on when and how a child should use mouthwash.
First, it’s important to know that mouthwash is not safe for children until they reach a certain age. In fact, children who are younger than the age of six are too young for mouthwash as part of their oral care routine because they are at risk of swallowing the mouthwash instead of spitting it out and could feel sick as a result. Additionally, many brands of mouthwash have fluoride as one of their ingredients, and an overexposure to fluoride in your child’s smile can lead to the development of a condition called fluorosis.
Now, when your child is at an age that mouthwash is safe for use, you should still supervise when they are swishing it around their mouth to make sure they don’t swallow it by mistake. You can encourage your child to use mouthwash regularly by making rinsing into a game so that your child has fun. This can encourage your child to maintain proper oral hygiene as they grow up.
If you have questions about choosing a children’s mouthwash in Conroe, Texas, you are welcome to reach out to Patient-First Dental Care at 936-856-9969 and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Gayle Fletcher.