Why is Fluoride Good for Your Teeth?

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Dentists recommend that we all use toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride is also found in many types of mouthwash and in tap water. 

The amount of fluoride you should use depends on your age, your current dental health and how much fluoride is in the water supply where you live. Generally speaking, adults should use toothpaste that contains at least 1350ppm of fluoride, but please ask your dentist for a personalised recommendation. 

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. It’s added to toothpaste and to tap water in order to help protect our teeth from tooth decay. 

How does it help keep our teeth healthy?

Fluoride helps to fight against tooth decay and dental caries by making our teeth stronger. The mineral helps to slow the breakdown of our teeth enamel which is caused by sugars and plaque. 

Crucially, fluoride also helps to speed up the remineralisation of enamel. If you’re taking in the recommended amount of fluoride, the new enamel crystals formed will be bigger, tougher and more able to resist acids and sugars. 

What can you do to get the most benefit from fluoride?

If you want your teeth to benefit from fluoride, you’ll need to make sure you’re ingesting the recommended amount. Check the amount of fluoride that’s included in your toothpaste and make sure it matches up with what’s been recommended by your dentist. 

We also suggest swapping out fizzy drinks or bottled water for fluoridated tap water.

Finally, it’s important to make sure you aren’t washing the fluoride off your teeth as soon as you’ve brushed it on. Avoid rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash directly after brushing. Mouthwashes should be used at other points in the day, such as after meals. 

Would you like to talk to a dentist about how much fluoride is right for you? Get in touch with the team at South Ham Basingstoke, or enter your postcode to find your local practice