If there is one invention that has completely changed the face of dental care, it's fluoride-filled toothpaste. Trusted by dental experts worldwide, fluoride works to strengthen your teeth and protects them from developing cavities. It's recommended for both adults and children with growing teeth. Unbelievably so, too much of toothpaste, especially one with fluoride, can create problems.
What are the Benefits of Fluoride?
Found in nature, especially in water, fluoride protects your teeth in many ways. It also nourishes enamel and fights the spread of bacteria in the mouth. Fluoride is also an able warrior in the fight against tooth decay and has also been found to aid the balance of minerals in the enamel. In limited qualities, like most things in nature, fluoride is an excellent resource for overall dental health. But when it's applied in large quantities over time, it leads to fluorosis.
What is Fluorosis?
Fluorosis occurs as the result of consistent overuse of fluoride-filled toothpaste. This is found in children who inadvertently swallow fluoride. Harmless when it happens occasionally, consistent intake of fluoride, however, can lead to complications. Children below the age of eight are particularly prone to it. Fluorosis is not a serious condition and can be tackled effectively, but it pays to be vigilant.
When applying fluoride toothpaste for children, make sure that only a grain-sized portion is used. While brushing, show your children how to periodically spit out. Ensure that their head is angled downward to make it easy for them to spit fluoride out. It helps to brush with them, monitor their progress and gently correct them.
When to Visit Our Dentists
The most common advice given by our dentists is to brush and floss teeth twice a day. This is true for both children and adults, and those who stick to this regimen are usually free from dental issues. However, if you or your child develops discolorations of spots on the teeth or gums, give us a call and visit one of our experienced dentists at the earliest.