Brunel Dental Practice

Why Children Shouldn’t Use Mouthwash

Do you allow your toddlers to use mouthwash? Although mouthwash helps to kill oral bacteria and prevents bad odour, it is not advisable for children. Here is why.

Main takeaways:

– Children under six years should not use mouthwash as they can confuse the solution for a drink and swallow it.

– Fluoride in mouthwash can cause dental fluorosis (white lines on teeth).

– Once your child is over age 6, teach them how to use mouthwash and insist on rinsing.

– Ensure that children use mouthwash when an adult is present.

Consult your dentist to find out the best mouthwash for your child.

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.