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MOUTHWASH AND CHILDREN

April 11, 2018

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WHAT TYPE OF MOUTHWASH TO USE FOR MY CHILD?

Different types of mouthwash have different benefits for example preventing tooth decay, reducing plaque, freshening breath, and reducing and preventing gingivitis. But with so many products on the market it can be hard to know what to look for in a mouthwash. Additionally, it’s tough to know which types of mouthwash are safe for your children to use.

First, think about the goal you like to achieve. If your child is at high risk for cavities, he/she would benefit from a fluoride mouthwash. Check the labels to see which ones contain fluoride.

If your child has active gingivitis, a mouthwash with some antibacterial properties would be preferable. Read the labels carefully. You do not want a mouthwash containing alcohol. An antibacterial mouthwash is appropriate, though you may want to discuss which kind would be best for your  individual child’s need.

Prescription mouthwashes are available. You should pay close attention to the directions, such as how much and how long to use them. There is one brand in particular whose effectiveness can steadily diminish if you use it continually. There can also be side effects you should discuss with Dr. Abazari and your pharmacist.

Disclosing tablets for kids change the color of plaque on their teeth to help them see how they are doing with their brushing. This is a great learning tool for your child.

Beware of any mouthwash that has alcohol. Take care of your child’s taste buds. It can reduce their sense of taste over time.

Look for the ADA Seal of Approval

The American Dental Association – known as the ADA – tests oral products for effectiveness.  Always look for ADA seal on dental products.

What age should I start using mouthwash for my child? Read the labels, it is recommended after age 6.

These tips should help you choose the right mouthwash for your child needs. Please contact Dr. Abazari at our Mountain View, CA office with any specific questions!

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