Mouthwash has many benefits for your smile, but the question always arises in the surgery as to whether or not it is safe for children. The use of mouthwash isn’t ideal for kids of all ages, although it can help prevent several oral health problems in children that are a little older.

How to use it safely:
1. Consider using only after discussing your child’s suitability with your dentist
2. Only advised for high-risk children over the age of six
3. Child should be supervised at all times by parents
4. Ensure the child comprehends that it is a rinse and not a drink

Key Benefits:

1. reduce plaque
2. eliminate bad bacteria
3. treat halitosis (or bad breath as it is commonly known)
4. Reduce the risk of caries (Tooth decay) in your children’s teeth

As with all dental issues, mouthwash should only be taken by your child if suggested by your own dentist. There are many issues with children taking mouthwash unnecessarily or without supervision and caution should always be the order of the day.

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Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.