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Is it ever okay for children to use mouthwash? I've heard conflicting things about children using mouthwash because they might get too much fluoride. Is this true? Is there even any point in using mouthwash that doesn't have fluoride in it? .
The: The effects of mouth washes are, very, very minimal. Brushing and flossing are far more important. Worry about your child brushing and foisting properly. Most children up to age 7 or so cannot properly manipulate their mouths for proper rinsing. They just end up swallowing the stuff. Spend the time on brushing and flossing and if that is perfect, then you can rinse, or not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: H2o2 or hydrogen peroxide is a potent oxidant and only has very limited oral applications. For kids, use a non-alcohol mouthwash possibly with Fluoride depending on other Fluoride sources where you live. Save the peroxide for cleaning dirty wounds away from your mouth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At what age should children start flossing and using mouthwash? Our son is almost two and does hot have a lot of teeth yet. When is the best time to start getting him to floss and use mouthwash? .
Mouthwash: Mouthwash can be used once your child can swish and spit without swallowing. For some children that could be as young as 4 but for others not till 6. Be sure to supervise the use of a rinse until you are comfortable that your child is doing it properly and not swallowing it. In reference to flossing, I would recommend that you start flossing his teeth when the second baby molars have come in. That could be around 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. Quite often there is no space between the molars and that area needs to be flossed in order to clean the area where the teeth contact each other. The other reason for flossing at an early age is to get your child used to flossing as part of their daily hygiene routine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mouth wash and children? Is there an age at which we should start our son on mouth wash to help prevent cavities? He's five now, and always wants to try what's in the mouthwash bottle. I know not to give him that, but are there any child-appropriate flavo
Hello.: Hello. It isn't recommended for children under six years old to use mouthwash. They should be supervised when they use mouthwash to ensure that they don't swallow it. If a child swallowed a lot of fluorinated mouth wash, he or she could develop fluorosis which could leave spots on the teeth. Children should not use mouth washes that contain alcohol (for obvious reasons). There are many children's rinses that have child-friendly flavors and that come in colorful packaging. Just walk through the dental aisle of your grocery store and you will see an array of products. You would be the best one to know which of those flavors was likely to appeal to your son. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can adults (with highly sensitive mouth allergy) use children's toothpaste and children's mouth wash?
Can mouth wash be used for treatment of lice? Are there any side effects? This is planned to be used on both adults and chidren.
Some questions 4 u:: Which ones and why? Some mouthwashes can dry out the mouth and should not even be used in the first place. What are you trying to accomplish. Discuss this issue with your own dentist. Proper brushing and flossing is substantially more important and all that is necessary in most cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good for 1% of care!: In my office daily flossing is 93% of home care; toothbrushing is 6% and mouthwash is at best 1%. Don't believe what you see on the commercials. (have you ever seen a commercial for floss? No! because there is no profit in selling it!). But there must be a tremendous profit in pitching 40 proof mouthwash! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Adjunct: Mouthwash reduces harmful bacterial levels. Tooth brushing 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock removes about 70% of bacteria. Flossing/Water Pik removes a little under 30% from places toothbrush can never reach. Mouthwash may reduce 1-2%. So mouthwash not a substitute for brushing/flossing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Listerine: Listerine really does work fantastically, but the alcohol is irritating. Crest pro health is a good second choice that has no burning taste. Mouth wash does not even remotely compare to the effectiveness of proper flossing and brushing. Mouth wash helps when you have healthy gums, but it should not be a substitute for good hygiene. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's a disinfectant: Alcohol has historically been used as a disinfectant; listerine is a well known example whose original formulation was 27% alcohol. Today there are a number of good non alcohol mouth rinses that are also effective and gentle. Crest prohealth, colgate total, natural dentist and listerine zero are a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Daily - if diluted: One cup of water mixed with 1 tbsp. Of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide is an easy and antiseptic home remedy mouthwash that can be used daily. You can mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water if you have canker sores. Don't worry if the mixture foams a bit when you're rinsing. Make sure to spit and rinse afterwards. Do not swallow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only by Prescription: In most states, it is only available by a dentist's prescription. It is used to treat a variety of dental & sometimes given after some dental procedures. If you have had treatment recently, call the office, otherwise you will need to be seen to have it prescribed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer