Facts about Fluoride & Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride Toothpaste– an important ally in maintaining a good Oral Health routine.

Fluoride is often called natures cavity fighter, especially for developing teeth. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Fluoride obtained from water and food contributes to enamel development and can even reverse early-stage tooth decay. However, maintaining a balance is essential, as excessive fluoride intake before two years of age may lead to white patches on teeth called dental fluorosis. That is why it is recommended that children under two years of age should not use a fluoride toothpaste, as they are likely to swallow it at a time when the white enamel of permanent teeth is developing in the mouth.

Fluoride prevents cavities by concentrating in growing bones and developing teeth, aiding in enamel hardening for both baby and adult teeth.

Fluoride is safe and recommended part of dental care for young children from 2+ years. Before the age of two, brushing your child’s teeth with warm water will suffice. From the age of 2, introduce a pea size or smear of adult fluoride toothpaste (1450ppm). It’s primary advantage lies in strengthening enamel and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride’s cavity-fighting properties are crucial once teeth emerge. It helps maintain enamel strength against oral bacteria acids, especially crucial for children with more sensitive baby teeth enamel.

Fluoride is equally important for adults in preventing tooth decay. Adults are advised to use a fluoride toothpaste (1450ppm). Contrary to some common misconceptions, fluoride benefits extend beyond childhood, proving effective against decay in people of all ages.

Remember, to brush the smart way;

  • Brush twice daily using a pea size or smear of adult fluoride toothpaste (1450ppm)
  • Use a soft, nylon bristle brush with a small compact head
  • Apply light pressure when brushing
  • Brush for 2 minutes
  • Assist children under 7 with brushing
  • Brushing with an electric toothbrush is a very effective way to clean teeth and gums for children and adults. Ask your dental professional for advice on choosing the correct one for you and your family.

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