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Mouthwash and Rinses

 –  Getting children off to a good start with dental hygiene is extremely important. By establishing good habits in children when they are young, parents can help protect their children’s teeth for decades into the future. Mouthwashes and rinses help to keep children's mouths clean and can help reduce the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. ADA-approved oral rinses that are specifically designed for kids can safely protect young mouths from cavities.
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Why Use Mouthwash?

Mouthwash has many benefits, ranging from better-smelling breath to healthier teeth. Most mouthwashes and rinses contain antimicrobial ingredients, such as alcohol, which kill the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay. They also often contain ingredients that help neutralize odors and freshen breath. Many oral rinses contain fluoride, which helps teeth to resist decay by reducing damage to the enamel. According to the American Dental Association, studies show that regularly using a fluoride mouthwash can provide greater protection against cavities than brushing alone.

Does My Child Need Mouthwash?

The American Dental Association recommends that kids under six years old avoid the use of oral rinses that contain fluoride. Although fluoride is beneficial for teeth, it can be harmful if swallowed. Parents are advised to stick to child-friendly mouthwashes and rinses for their young children. Always check the label to make sure that the mouthwash is suitable for your children's age range, and consult your dentist if you are in any doubt.

Helping Kids to Use Mouthwash or Oral Rinses

Using an oral rinse can help to keep your child's mouth clean and support their dental health. As a parent, you need to help your children to use mouthwash correctly. Encourage your children to follow the directions given on the packaging, such as using the correct amount of mouthwash every time they rinse. In order to get the maximum benefit from the oral rinse, kids need to swish it around their mouths for the full recommended amount of time. Encourage kids to be patient and rinse for the full time by playing or singing a song that lasts for the recommended time period. It is also important to let your kids know that they should spit the rinse out rather than swallowing it. Supervise your children until they have got the hang of rinsing and can be trusted to do it properly on their own.

How to Choose a Mouthwash

The American Dental Association approves oral healthcare products that are both safe and effective. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when choosing mouthwash or oral rinse products for your kids. It is also a good idea to choose a mouthwash that is specifically designed for children. Kids' oral rinses contain the right mixture of ingredients to support children's oral health. The packaging and flavor of oral rinses for children are also carefully designed to appeal to children, so your kids will hopefully be more inclined to use it. If you are having trouble choosing an oral rinse for your child, you can ask your dentist for recommendations.

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