Pediatric Dentists in San Diego reminds us all that mouthwashes kill germs that cause plaque, cavities, and gingivitis. Some adults in San Diego California enjoy the minty, fresh feeling that follows a mouthwash rinse. An abundance of our patients wonder if mouthwashes are safe for kids to use, too.
The American Dental Association recommends not giving children mouthwash until they are 6 years of age or older. Usually by this age, most children have developed reflexes they need to spit mouthwash out as directed. Children giving mouthwash to young, often swallow the liquid on accident.
After a child is old enough, take the time to select a mouthwash that is alcohol-free, sugar-free, and contains an anti-cavity substance like sodium fluoride. Some popular brands include ACT Kids Anticavity and Firefly Kids Mouthwash. Mouthwash can also come in fun flavors like Bubble Gum and Grape.
Here are four fun tips for getting the little ones to use it at home, safely and effectually.
- Let the child choose the flavor.
- Teach children how to swish the mouthwash around for 30 seconds before spitting.
- Have a contest with your kids to see who can swish the mouthwash for up to 1 minute.
- Always supervise kids using mouthwash, to ensure they aren’t swallowing.
Pediatric Dentists in San Diego reminds parent to not let mouthwash become a substitute for brushing and flossing. Unlike mouthwash, brushing and flossing are mandatory among our San Diego California kids and adults. For more questions about children and mouthwash, contact Children’s Dentistry of San Diego at (858) 536-1111.