Mouthwashes kill germs that cause plaque, cavities, and gingivitis. Adults also like the minty, fresh feeling that follows a mouthwash rinse. Many of our patients wonder: Are mouthwashes safe for kids to use, too? The American Dental Association recommends waiting until they are 6 years or older. By this age, most kids have developed the reflexes they need to spit mouthwash out as directed. Once your child is old enough, select a mouthwash that is alcohol-free and sugar-free, and contains an anti-cavity substance like sodium fluoride. Some popular brands include ACT Kids Anticavity and Firefly Kids Mouthwash. Combined with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups, using mouthwash can be a safe and effective way to help kids maintain good oral health. Kids with braces like using mouthwash as an additional tool against hard-to-reach plaque build-up. Let them choose the flavor, teach them how to swish, see who can swish the longest! Always supervise your children when they’re using mouthwash and don’t let them use mouthwash as a substitute for brushing!