SWISH, GARGLE, SPIT – simple, right? Mouthwash is usually seen as an addition to your oral health, the cherry on top of your hygiene routine. But does your child need to use it? Are they using it correctly?
Most Mouthwashes Are Not Recommended For Kids Under Seven!
As with any health product, make sure you thoroughly read the instructions – yes, even for mouthwash! Here are some important things to note:
- Some products recommend diluting before use. (Again, check the label!)
- Most mouthwashes are not recommended for children under seven. Have your child rinse with water, or get a special kid’s brand.
- Rinsing right after a meal helps to inhibit bacteria growth and bad breath.
- Avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after using a fluoridated mouthwash. This gives the fluoride more time to strengthen your teeth.
Cosmetic Mouthwashes Mask Bad Breath
Most people think all mouthwashes do the same thing, but there are key differences you need to know! Cosmetic mouthwashes only serve to mask bad breath and leave your mouth with a pleasant taste – like a mint but with fewer calories.
Therapeutic Mouthwashes Attack Plaque
Therapeutic mouthwashes serve clinical purposes, like attacking bacteria and plaque, or strengthening teeth with fluoride. When buying therapeutic mouthwash, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the bottle. Products that feature this logo have been evaluated by experts and meet specific standards for safety and effectiveness.
Mouthwash Doesn’t Replace Other Oral Health Habits!
Regular brushing and flossing are far more important than using mouthwash. Mouthwash is not a substitute for the more important dental care habits. If you have any questions, ask us below, or talk with us about it next time you visit.