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When Should Your Child Start Using Mouthwash?

It is advisable to consult a dentist before introducing mouthwash to your child. This is because toddlers might not understand how to use mouthwash properly. Read to find out if your child should use mouthwash.

Key takeaways:

– Mouthwash contains fluoride which might cause white lines (dental fluorosis) to form on your child’s permanent teeth.

– After age 6, teach your child to use mouthwash properly — and not swallow it.

– Always ensure that your child uses mouthwash under an adult’s supervision.

– Mouthwash is effective for removing food residue for children with braces.

Talk to a dentist to discover which mouthwash is best for your child.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.