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Children's teeth and mouthwash

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Sunnydays35 Sat 23-Jan-16 16:19:38

my ds is 7 and we have had a few problems with his baby teeth, I just want to make sure I am doing everything right for his new adult teeth coming through. I have a few questions that I just can't find the answers too!

The dentist says to brush teeth before breakfast to remove the plaque, but how long do we wait until he eats after brushing? he wants to eat within 5 minutes of brushing them in the morning as he says he is starving!

Should I get him to use mouthwash after breakfast as Normally you would brush this food away, but can't brush before and after as I expect to much brushing is not good either?

I have read mouthwash can cause teeth staining, ( it has happened to mine) does anyone know of a child's mouthwash that is mild and doesn't cause staining to teeth?

I really would appreciate any advice. Thanku

Mrsmorton Sat 23-Jan-16 16:30:36

The tongue does a very good job of cleaning the teeth of food particles, you're brushing to get rid of bacteria and to put some fluoride on the teeth, not for the food particles. He can eat straight away after brushing but it's still important not to rinse the mouth after brushing.
If you really want to use mouthwash (generally they're not much use), Fluoriguard is good. It's made by Colgate and doesn't stain. It has Fluoride in it which will help prevent decay, you can get it at most supermarkets/chemists etc. Some 7 year olds aren't great at spitting so just watch for him swallowing it. It is available on prescription as is high fluoride toothpaste if your dentist thinks it would be worthwhile. Has he had his permanent molars sealed and does he have Fluoride varnish put on his teeth every six months?

Sunnydays35 Sat 23-Jan-16 16:54:26

He has had the fluoride varnish on his baby teeth but only has 3 adult so far and the dentist hadn't put any on them yet. Should I be asking for this now?He only drinks milk and water and hardly has sweet but does have something sweet after dinner and cereal and apple for breakfast. He is always hungry and very skinny. When he asks for a snack now we give him cheese and crackers or a carrot, can't find many sugar free snacks out there.😁. When he was younger he would have milk after brushing before bed, the dentist said this could of been the start of the problem. He also got a liking for red grapes and would snack on them, apparently bad too if not eaten with a meal. I am now so paranoid and dread it when it's someone's birthday and he comes out of school with sweets. I also still brush his teeth for him but can't do that when is 15!!😀 I not sure he would even use a mouthwash, very fussy with tastes of toothpaste. At least I am doing the right thing now and brushing before breakfast. I was going to try him rinsing mouth with water after breakfast but I can see from your post that I should not do this and best to leave it.x

Sunnydays35 Sat 23-Jan-16 17:52:13

The dentist said that he should only be eating 3 meals a day and no snacking on fruit or anything with sugar in it! It's very hard finding anything these days that does not have some sugar in it! My son seems to always be hungry, any ideas what I can give him to snack on that a 7 year old boy might enjoy (he is extremely fussy) but has no sugar in it.

Mrsmorton Sat 23-Jan-16 18:14:48

Cheese and crackers sound fine. I'm not sure tbh as I'm not a snacker myself.
You sound like you're doing everything right tbh.

Sunnydays35 Sat 23-Jan-16 18:22:40

Thanku u have been a great help.😀

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