You’ve finally got your tots on board with brushing their teeth in the morning and at bedtime. But adding mouthwash to the daily routine is also a good idea. “For many children, in addition to a regular oral health regimen, use of mouthwashes are especially helpful in combating cavities that may appear between the teeth,” says Joel Berg, D.D.S, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle.
When to start:
You can begin to clean your baby’s teeth and mouth with natural mouthwash at a year old, according to Carrie Ibbetson, R.D.H., a natural oral health care educator. Ibbetson advises brushing the mouthwash on teeth with an extra-soft-bristled toothbrush. Once your child’s teeth have all come in, demonstrate swishing without swallowing (try it with water at first) and see if she can do it herself for about 30 seconds.
What to use:
Look for all-natural products with ingredients such as xylitol (a natural alcohol found in fruit and vegetables), essential oils, or baking soda.
Two to try (after checking with your dentist):
- Tom’s of Maine Children’s Anticavity Fluoride Rinse is made with ingredients like organic aloe. ($9 for 16.9 ounces)
- The Natural Dentist Cavity Zapper fluoride rinse is made with xylitol and other natural ingredients. ($9 for 16 ounces,)
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