Mouthwash Tips for Kids

In this post, we’ll look at mouthwash tips for kids. In our previous post, we looked at teeth brushing tips for kids.

Smiles in Framingham provides the best pediatric dental services in Framingham in the surrounding areas. Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, the whole family can enjoy top-quality award-winning care in our family-friendly, comfortable office.

From the time the first tooth arrives, it’s time to start caring for them. Therefore, plan on bringing your child to the dentist before their first birthday. Doing so will help lead to a lifetime of good habits, better health, and beautiful smiles.

Mouthwash Designed for Kids

As with toothbrushes, there are also mouthwash products designed just for kids. The colorful graphics, cartoons, and colors keep kids interested and make it fun. However, mouthwash isn’t generally recommended for kids younger than age six. Otherwise, they may swallow it, which can be a problem.

Before using mouthwash, it’s a good idea to consult with your pediatric dentist. Dr. Himelhoch and our staff will be happy to help.

Fluoride and Fluorosis

Until the age of around six, kids are likely to swallow toothpaste or mouthwash. Thus, use only a tiny amount of toothpaste for kids and always with parental supervision. Notably, this begins when the first teeth emerge. Generally, kids older than six will have no problems spitting out the toothpaste. At the age of six, you can generally introduce mouthwash with close supervision.

Although fluoride is highly effective in preventing tooth decay, swallowing can be a problem for kids during the teeth-forming years. During this time, swallowing fluoride can cause dental fluorosis and damage to tooth enamel. 

If young kids regularly consume fluoride, white or brown spots can appear on their teeth. These spots are unsightly but harmless.

In severe and moderate cases, the tooth enamel can be noticeably spotted or pitted, but this is rare. 

See more information about fluorosis from Delta Dental below:

Teaching Kids to Spit Out Mouthwash

Around age six, it’s time to teach kids about mouthwash and how to spit it out. Often, it can be tempting to swallow it, so it’s essential they learn not to. To start, try asking your child to rinse with water and spit it out in the sink. Once you’re confident they can do this, introduce a mouthwash designed for kids. 

Until age twelve, adults should supervise kids when they use mouthwash. 

Making it a Game

As with brushing teeth, it’s good to make the daily routine fun to encourage kids. Colgate recommends using a stopwatch and timing kids for a minute while they swish around the mouthwash without swallowing. Then, yell, “Go!” or “Spit!” when it’s time to spit it out. 

The mouthwash game can be the final part of the daily routine after brushing and flossing.

Enhance Brushing and Flossing

When teaching kids age six and older about mouthwash, be sure they know it’s no substitute for brushing and flossing. However, a fluoride mouthwash can freshen breath, help prevent cavities, and reach areas they might have missed. 

For older kids with braces, mouthwash can be particularly valuable. During this time, it’s harder to clean thoroughly around teeth. So, mouthwash can help reach areas difficult to get to and loosen particles of food.

We hope these mouthwash tips for kids have been helpful. 

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To all my wonderful patients and their families:


The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.


Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.


Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.


I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.


Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.


Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.


My very best wishes to all of you,


Dr. Deborah Himelhoch