"Should my child use mouthwash?"

Q: Should my child use mouthwash?
A: Mouthwash (even natural mouthwash) contains ingredients that can be dangerous if swallowed in large amounts, and children under 12 shouldn’t use mouthwash without adult supervision.

Dentists generally don’t recommend mouthwash for children younger than 6, although in some circumstances a dentist may recommend mouthwash for children under 6 if confident the child won’t swallow it. Children under 6 who swallow mouthwash run the risk of fluorosis, a condition where long-lasting spots or streaks appear on the teeth.

If your children are going to use mouthwash, make it clear to them that this is not an effective substitute for regular brushing and flossing.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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