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As you may already know, it’s best to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily. But is this the same for kids? Today, our dentist, Dr. Craig Wada, is happy to tell you when kids can benefit the most from mouthwash.

Typically, kids under the age of 6 should not be using mouthwash. This is because some mouthwashes contain fluoride. Oftentimes, children’s little chompers can’t handle a lot of fluoride. In fact, the fluoride in toothpaste is sometimes even too much. Also, kids naturally swallow things that are in their mouth, so they will likely swallow the wash if they are younger than 6. Swallowing the wash can make them sick to their stomach.

Now, if your child is old enough to use mouthwash, it’s best to watch them as they swish their mouth. You can even make the task fun by making it a game. Set a timer for 60 seconds and see how fast they can swish it. You can also make it a race by yelling “spit” when the time is up.

Having your child rinse with mouthwash can strengthen their chompers, kill the bacteria in the mouth, freshen their breath, and complete the smile-cleaning job. If you have any questions about children’s mouthwash in Rocklin, California, please contact Placer Prosthodontics Inc. at 916-630-9048 today. Our dental team is happy to hear from and help you!