In this ‘Top Tips’ news item our hygienist & therapist Charlotte Manahan tells us all about Fluoride toothpaste, in particular what it is and how it works, how much you should be using and much, much more.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water in varying amounts, depending on which area of the UK you live in. It’s also found in certain foods, including tea and fish. Fluoride’s main benefit is helping to reduce the risk of tooth decay, which is why it’s added to many brands of toothpaste.
Why is fluoride important?
Fluoride protects your teeth by:
- Changing the structure of developing enamel, making it stronger
- Encouraging better quality enamel to form that’s more resistant to acid
- Reducing plaque bacteria’s ability to produce acid, which is the cause of tooth decay.
How much fluoride should you be using?
We recommend the following:
- Children aged 0-3 years = Smear of children’s toothpaste. No more than 1,000 ppm fluoride*
- Children aged 3+ years = Pea sized amount of adult tooth paste, around 1,350-1,500 ppm fluoride*
- Adults = Thumbnail sized adult toothpaste 1,350-1,500 ppm fluoride*
* The fluoride content of the toothpaste you are using will be listed on the ingredients of your chosen toothpaste.
Safety and risks
There have been some concerns that fluoride may be linked to a variety of health conditions. Reviews of the risks have found no evidence to support these concerns and the general consensus is that fluoridated water (1ppm) and daily use fluoride toothpaste have a significant benefit in reducing tooth decay.
If you have any questions please comment below or speak to your hygienist or dentist next time you visit 38 Devonshire Street.
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