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Is Mouthwash Safe For Children? What You Need To Know

Is Mouthwash Safe for Children? What You Need to Know

Using a brand name mouthwash is a great way to keep your gums healthy and prevent the development of gingivitis, making it an essential part of a standard oral hygiene routine. And when it comes to teaching your children proper oral hygiene, starting early is always good. However, not all mouthwashes are suitable for children, especially mouthwashes that contain alcohol. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you choose the right mouthwash for your child. Here’s what you need to know about buying a child-friendly mouthwash.

Keep Mouthwash Away from Children Under 6

The American Dental Association recommends that children under 6 years of age should completely refrain from using mouthwash. Young children may not have developed the fine motor control and muscle reflexes necessary to properly spit out mouthwash, and children under 6 are very likely to swallow it. Instead of mouthwash, encourage your child to drink lots of water, and make sure your child eats lots of fresh produce like cucumbers and grapes. These and other produce with high water content increase saliva, which helps to keep your child’s mouth clean.

Alcohol-Free Mouthwash is Ideal for Older Children

Due to the fluoride content in mouthwash, it’s typically recommended that your children refrain from using mouthwash prior to age 7. When you do start teaching your children to use mouthwash, you’ll want to ensure they understand that it’s a rinse, not a beverage. Have your children practice the rinse-and-spit routine with a small amount of water before moving on to mouthwash.

When you do start giving your children mouthwash, you’ll want to ensure you give them the proper kind. Many adult mouthwashes are alcohol-based, as alcohol is a strong antimicrobial agent that can kill bacteria in the mouth. Alcohol-based mouthwash is perfectly safe for use by adults, but can be dangerous for children. Your child will more than likely swallow at least some mouthwash by accident, which can be problematic if the mouthwash contains alcohol. Instead, opt for an alcohol-free mouthwash.

Supervision and Storage: Making Mouthwash Safe and Fun for Kids

Storing your child’s mouthwash properly is essential to ensuring your child uses it safely. When not in use, keep your child’s mouthwash in a locked cupboard or on a high shelf that only you can reach. Young children may not understand how to use mouthwash properly if you’re not beside them showing them how, and they may even believe mouthwash to be a beverage. Keeping your children’s mouthwash out of reach will ensure they don’t accidentally ingest any.

When teaching your child how to use mouthwash, make sure you closely observe their behavior to ensure they don’t swallow the mouthwash or use it as a substitute to brushing and flossing. Your child may not like using mouthwash at first. You can make it fun for your children by choosing a fun container. Many children’s mouthwashes come in containers adorned with characters from popular Disney properties, like Olaf from Frozen.

If your child likes sports, you can turn using mouthwash into a game by using a stopwatch to see if your child can keep using the mouthwash until the timer goes off.

Regularly using mouthwash is one of the best ways to prevent gingivitis and keep your child’s gums healthy. There are lots of child-friendly mouthwashes on the market, and with a little creativity, you can make using mouthwash fun for your child. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Badie, call Badie Dental at (520) 433-9800.

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Sharp Barnes
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10 months ago
Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
Shelly Jones
5/5
11 months ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
Kelly Ann
5/5
1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
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1 year ago
I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
1 year ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
5/5
2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!
Irene Meza
5/5
2 years ago
I can’t say enough about Dr. Badie and his team. Samantha is the first person to see when you walk in the door, she’s warm and very comforting. She explains everything you need to know regarding your insurance and also the procedures. Angelica is the lead assistant she’s kept me informed as to what will be done as far as the procedure during my dental appointment. She was also very comforting and knowledgeable. Dr. Badie made me feel extremely at ease. I’ve never been to a dentist office where everyone made me feel so welcome and comfortable. Going to the dentist is definitely not somewhere you want to go but with Dr Badie he made all my worries go away. My teeth need a lot of work and he assured me he can make my teeth look amazing again. There’s no words to describe how blessed I am to be seen by Dr. Badie. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I would definitely recommend this place!! 💓
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2 years ago
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Sharp Barnes
5/5
10 months ago
Well trained staff! It’s always a warm welcome when visiting Dr. Badie. The patients satisfaction is truly a priority here. 10/10 I would recommend.
Shelly Jones
5/5
11 months ago
I am extremely petrified of dentists. Dr Badie was so patient with me, even when I was being a very hard patient. He gave me something to help with my anxiety. I had 8 teeth pulled at once. No pain whatsoever. Even the next day. No swelling, no pain. Even though I will still be scared every appointment, I know he can be trusted to be patient and gentle every step of the way.
Kelly Ann
5/5
1 year ago
I am so so excited to get my teeth fixed this is the best dentist office in Tucson hands down there so nice, not judgemental, And do spectacular work. Rachel is so amazing and so awesome she has been nothing but helpful and a delight to deal with. Everything about this experience getting my teeth fixed so far has been perfect now that I found this dentist office. While Most of the other places I had gone were unwilling to actually help me and were very judge mental of me because of my situation and needing to get my entire mouth restored after using drugs for 20 years, even after getting clean and saving up money I was still treated with such disrespect it was like disgusting and I am so grateful for Rachel and Dr. Badie & their team For being so compassionate and professional and fur doing all that they can to help me thank you guys so much you’re so amazing I hope that other people find & choose you so that you can help them too! I will forever be grateful to you guys And I’m so blessed to have found you thank you
Jennifer Perkins
5/5
1 year ago
I have been going to Dr Badie for about 3+ years for my cleaning. All his staff are AWESOME! Everyone is so nice and professional. I had my cleaning and filling done, and it was painless. Thank you all for making my teeth beautiful as always!
Richard Nordenberg
5/5
1 year ago
I’ve had a few good Dentists over many years but Dr. Badie’s office is by far the best and most pleasant to visit. Hard decisions are easier to make with their advice and council that can be trusted. He and his entire staff could not be better trained and professional in their work and office manner. It may sound a bit much but this is true, both my wife and I look forward to our appointments as the pleasant experiences they are. There should be 6 stars….Make that 7!
larissa bos
5/5
2 years ago
I received excellent dental care from Dr. Badie and his very friendly and efficient assistant Diane. Dr. Badie is very competent, detailed, compassionate, and thoroughly explains recommended treatment. His staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Wonderful experience, highly recommended!