Fluoride Vs Non Fluoride Toothpaste

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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to using either fluoride or non-fluoride toothpaste.

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in water and some foods such as fish and tea. It is measured in ‘parts per million (ppmF-)’. You can see how much fluoride is in your toothpaste by looking at the ingredients on the back of your toothpaste tube.

As a dental practice, we always like to promote the importance of using fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay and even help repair early stages of tooth decay. It is also vitally important that people do not ingest too much fluoride as this can also cause dental fluorosis which may appear as white specks or even brown spots on your teeth. The risk of this happening is greater in children aged one to two years due to swallowing toothpaste.

We offer advice following strong evidence from trials and studies published in “Delivering Better Oral Health: An Evidence-Based Toolkit for Prevention, third edition”. With regards to fluoride, the evidenced based toolkit states:

  • Prevention of tooth decay in children age 0-6yr
  • As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth brush them twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, to maintain fluoride concentration levels
  • It is good practice to use only a smear of toothpaste
  • Prevention of tooth decay in children aged from 7 years to adults
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste (1,350 – 1,500 ppm fluoride)
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, to maintain fluoride concentration levels
  • It is good practice to use only a pea size amount

You may wish to speak with your dentist If you decide to opt for a toothpaste without fluoride as they can tell you if this will benefit you or not. If you opt not to use fluoride toothpaste, then you may wish to change your dietary habits to ensure you are obtaining enough fluoride through food, beverages and other sources.

References:
www.nhs.uk/news/medical-practice/adding-fluoride-to-water-does-prevent-tooth-decay
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/605266/Delivering_better_oral_health.pdf
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/fluoride/why-use-a-fluoride-free-toothpaste-0414

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