When Should My Child Use Mouthwash?

Dental health should be taken care of well before adulthood. By taking care of your child’s dental health early, you can teach your child healthy habits and also ensure that they grow up with a beautiful and healthy set of teeth.
When it comes to childhood dental health, most parents are concerned about the effects of certain dental activities. For instance, one of the most worrisome activities is allowing your child to use mouthwash. If you are at a point where you are thinking of allowing your child to use mouthwash, below is everything you need to know to ensure that you are making the right decision.

When Mouthwash is Not Advisable

Mouthwash is not advisable for children who are below the age of six. Mouthwash contains fluoride and despite fluoride’s ability to prevent tooth decay, the ingredient can cause fluorosis in children under six. Because the teeth are still forming, the fluoride can ruin the texture and color of the teeth.
In addition to potentially causing fluorosis, mouthwash can also cause pain and discomfort in your children. For these reasons, it is best to wait.

When Mouthwash is Appropriate

Most dentists recommend using allowing your child to use mouthwash once they reach the age of six. At the age of six, the teeth are developed enough to withstand and benefit from the effects of fluoride.
In addition, children over the age of six are able to safely use the substance – but only while under adult supervision. Therefore, as your child starts using mouthwash, you should take the time to teach them about the effects of mouthwash and how to use it properly. You should also take care that your child does not swallow the substance. If your child does swallow the mouthwash, then you should seek medical attention immediately.

Mouthwash for Children

Mouthwash is an excellent solution to maintaining your child’s dental health, especially when coupled with proper dental hygiene and regular dental visits. If your child is ready to use mouthwash, then there are options on the market that are specifically manufactured for children.
Children’s mouthwashes contain less fluoride and are much gentler. In addition, there are numerous flavors that your child can choose from to make the experience more enjoyable. If your child is worried or afraid of using mouthwash, then you may want to show them how you use the mouthwash. This way, your child will feel safer and more comfortable.


Your child’s dental health is just as important as their general health. By taking the time to explain good dental hygiene with your child and to visit the dentist regularly, you vastly improve their chances of healthy teeth in adulthood.
If you are uncertain about explaining dental health to your child, then a visit to your dentist is also an optimal solution. The dentist will be able to explain the technicalities of dental health, why certain activities are necessary, and the overall advantages – all in a child-friendly manner.

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