Mouthwash makes for super-clean teeth, but is it suitable and safe for youngsters?

Key takeaways:

– Your dentist can recommend when a child should start using mouthwash regularly – typically after age 6.

– It is important to supervise children and explain that their mouthwash is for rinsing, not for drinking.

– Too much fluoride could cause dental fluorosis, i.e., mottled enamel with irreversible white spots on the child’s permanent teeth.

Children under age six might not fully understand how to use mouthwash; they may be at risk if they swallow it.

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.