Everything You Need to Know About Mouthwash and Toothpaste for Your Child

When it comes to keeping your child healthy and hygienic, it’s easy to feel out of your element. Especially if you’re a new parent. Once you have a few kids, you start to get the hang of things and are able to make decisions based off of your past experiences and decisions with your previous children. But when it’s your first child, you’re terrified to make a single mistake. There are controversial articles about almost everything, and so it’s easy for you to be confused and unsure of what to do. Concerning your child’s oral health, specifically with mouthwash and toothpaste, we have all the information you need!

Is Mouthwash safe for your child?

When it comes to mouthwash, this is probably your biggest question. Is it safe for your child to use? Mouthwash has a lot of helpful qualities, and can offer a variety of uses depending on what kind you get. They can prevent plaque, tooth decay, freshen breath, and prevent/combat gingivitis. In short, as long as you get the right kind of mouthwash, yes, it’s safe for your child! There are a number of different mouthwashes that are specifically made and designed for children. They are often alcohol free, which will be easier on your child’s mouth. Look for a mouthwash that has the ADA seal of approval.

What kind of toothpaste does my child need?

The most important aspect of your child’s toothpaste, is that it cleans their teeth. If your child is able to easily spit out all of their toothpaste and doesn’t swallow it, you can feel safe giving them a toothpaste with a small amount of fluoride in it. If your child is too young to understand this concept, hold off on fluoride toothpastes for a few more years. Another key thing to avoid for your child’s toothpaste, is to avoid abrasive substances in them, like those that are present in whitening toothpastes. These abrasive substances are great to remove stains, but they can also damage and remove enamel which would wreak havoc on your child’s teeth. Again, look for the ADA seal of approval when you’re selecting a toothpaste.

It can also be helpful to have your child help you pick out the toothpaste! This gets them excited about it, because they got to pick the flavor and style of the tube. There are dozens of yummy flavors for them to choose from, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one that they love.

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