When was the moment that you realized that your child may not be your little baby anymore? Did they assert their dominance in an argument for the first time? Did they ask you about wearing deodorant? Maybe you haven’t got there yet, but every parent has a moment where they realize that they have a real kid—not an infant anymore.
There are many things that you’ll want to teach your children about growing up and one of them should be how to properly maintain their teeth with more advanced dental products, like mouthwash. Learn more about when it’s the right time to introduce mouthwash to your child from your children’s dentist in Oklahoma City in this week’s blog post.
When do you know it’s time to introduce your child to mouthwash?
It’s best to keep your child’s dental routine relatively simple until they are about 6 or 7 years old. Why? Once they are around that age, they can spit out products that they shouldn’t swallow to protect the rest of their body. Plus, right around this age kids become more independent and want to handle their own dental routine—although you should still double check that they are effectively cleaning their teeth.
There are several types of mouthwash that are created specifically with children in mind. These mouthwashes will make their dental routine more fun! If your child loves a certain flavor, color, or cartoon character, be sure to purchase a product they will love to use with them on it!
How to Buy Children’s Mouthwash
1. Look for the ADA Seal.
The American Dental Association (ADA) tests dental products to make sure that they are safe for public use. When you see this seal, this means that it’s passed their rigorous tests!
2. Discuss your little one’s goals.
What does your child want to accomplish with mouthwash? Do they want fresher smelling breath, or do they want to improve their oral health—or both? This can help you pick out the best mouthwash for them.
3. Choose Between Two Types.
Then, you’ll be able to choose between the two types of mouthwashes available: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash will freshen your breath for a brief period for superficial reasons, but not actually address why your mouth might not always smell fresh.
Therapeutic mouthwash helps prevent dental concerns like gum disease and cavities—which wards off bad breath and improves overall oral health.
Mouthwash is a great tool to help your child improve the way they care for their smile. Learn more about which may be best for your child by contacting your family dentist in Oklahoma City.
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