People have different dental problems and benefit from different toothpastes. Talk to your dentist about the toothpaste that best suits your needs.
For children from birth to 3 years of age, talk to your dentist about whether use of toothpaste is recommended for your child. For children 3 to 6 years of age, use only a small amount – the size of a green pea – when assisting your child with brushing their teeth. Make sure your child does not swallow toothpaste.
Oral rinses, or mouth rinses, are liquids that you swirl in your mouth — no swallowing! — to combat various oral health problems.
They range from simple mouthwashes, that fight bad breath; to ones that contain fluoride; to other, more specialized ones that fight conditions such as plaque and gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease.
Oral rinses are most definitely not a substitute for flossing and brushing your teeth. Oral rinses are also generally not recommended for children, especially those who live in an area of fluoridated water.
Talk to your dentist about what types of oral care products would be appropriate for you and your family.