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What are the benefits of fluoride toothpaste ?

It can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. It also reduces the amount of acid that the bacteria on your teeth produce.

Children who have fluoride when their teeth are developing tend to have shallower grooves in their teeth, so plaque can be more easily removed. Plaque is a white thin, sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.

The addition of fluoride to water has been researched for over 60 years, and water fluoridation has been proven to reduce decay by 40 to 60 percent.

Where can I find it?

Fluoride is found naturally in many foods and in water supplies, and is also added to some drinking water.

All water contains some fluoride. Your local water supplier can tell you how much fluoride is in your drinking water.

What about fluoride toothpaste?

Most toothpastes now contain some fluoride, and most people get their fluoride this way. Fluoride toothpaste is very effective in preventing tooth decay. The amount of fluoride in toothpaste is usually enough to reduce decay.

In areas where the water supply has fluoride added, fluoride toothpaste gives extra protection.

Parents should supervise their children’s brushing, and use only a pea-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste until they are about 7 years old.

Side effects of having too much fluoride

One of the most noticeable and well-recognized side effects of taking it. Ingesting toothpaste for instant is a discoloration of teeth called Dental Fluorosis. This results discoloration of teeth which can vary from white spots in the mild forms of fluorosis or to brownish and black stains in the severe forms. Unfortunately the discoloration can’t be polished off or removed. However there are treatments available that are able to disguise them.

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