Why use a fluoride toothpaste?
95% of toothpaste sale is made from fluoride toothpastes. It simply means way too many people use fluoride toothpastes. They are available in various brands, and for various purposes like whitening and cavity protection and removing tartar. Many of them are recommended by dental health associations. Here is why you should use a fluoride toothpaste
- It helps you fight cavity
- Stops tooth decay
- Keeps the overall environment of your mouth healthy
- Reduces the effect of plaque
- Takes care of stains on teeth
- Whitens the teeth.
Amount of fluoride in tooth paste
If you have children in family and are worried about their fluoride intake, you should get a toothpaste with less than 600 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride. For a normal adult, use toothpastes with a fluoride amount of 1000 to 1500 ppm. Children tend to swallow the toothpaste more and hence the precaution. Avoid using a fluoride toothpaste altogether of children less than 2 years of age. See a dentist, he will understand your needs better and give you a prescription toothpaste if you need one.
Other things to know about fluoride toothpastes
- Fluoride toothpastes usually contain mild abrasives that remove plaque and debris from your surface of your teeth.
- They most include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica, hydrated aluminum oxides, phosphate sales and silicates. Each of these components is meant to clean your teeth and make them cavity free and strong.
- All Canada Dental Association (CDA) accepted toothpastes contain fluorides. The saccharine and other flavoring agents added to your tooth paste isn't going to decay your teeth. Only sugar based tooth paste do that. Again no CDA accepted tooth paste will contain sugar.
- Some fluoride containing tooth pastes also contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. They help reduce sensitivity of you tooth. They help in gingivitis and gum inflammation.