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What is Fluoride Toothpaste? [Toothpaste]

Plaque is a mass of live bacteria and is the major cause of caries. Fluorine is effective in preventing caries by suppressing the activity of plaque and strengthening the teeth.

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  • Fluoride toothpaste exerts effects that prevent caries, such as suppressing acid production, promoting remineralization and strengthening the teeth substrate.

What is Fluorine?

Fluorine is one of the naturally existing elements around us, and is a nutrient contained in many kinds of food.

Fluoride is an Important Nutrient

Examples of foods containing fluoride (seaweed, fish, shrimp)Examples of foods containing fluoride

Fluoride is called a micro-nutrient, which refers to a nutrient required by the human body, although in small quantities (e.g., vitamins and minerals). It is among the minerals that are important nutrients. In addition, fluoride does not exist by itself, but is contained in many kinds of food around us. It is always combined with other substances, such as sodium fluoride combined with sodium or calcium fluoride combined with calcium.

Effects of Fluoride Toothpaste and Precautions for Use

Use toothpastes containing fluorine as an active ingredient, so as to prevent caries through its various effects.

Effects of Fluorine

It is said that the prevention rate for caries when fluoride toothpaste is used for approximately 2 years is about 20 to 30%. The prevention rate will increase as you continue to use it.

Suppresses Acid

Fluoride toothpaste weakens the activity of caries-causing bacteria produced by plaque that cannot be removed by tooth brushing and suppresses the acid production of plaque.

Promotes Remineralization

Fluoride promotes the remineralization of calcium or phosphorus that has leached out of teeth.

Strengthens the Tooth Substrate

Fluoride improves the quality of the tooth surface, making it harder to be dissolved in acid. Since milk teeth or newly appeared teeth are soft, use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen them.

Fluoride toothpaste improves the quality of the tooth surface, making it harder to be dissolved in acid, and promotes remineralization.Effects of Fluoride Toothpaste

Precautions for Use

When you use fluoride toothpaste, please keep in mind the following precautions.

Amount for Effective Use

The amount of toothpaste used for each brushing is only as much as the tip of a fingernail for children from 6 months of age (protrusion of teeth) to 2 years old, 5 mm or less for children from 3 to 5 years of age, about 1 cm for children from 6 to 14 years of age, and 1 to 2 cm for people aged 15 and older.The standard amount of use

Standard usage amounts differ by age group. The standard usage amount for an adult is 1 to 2 cm (approx. 1 g).

Rinsing after Brushing

When using mouthwash (dental rinse), rinse 2 to 3 times.

Rinse your mouth with approximately 5 to 15 ml of water once. Fluorine remaining in the mouth will work to prevent caries.

Do Not Swallow Toothpaste

Although the safety of fluorine has been confirmed by many experiments, do not swallow toothpaste, as it is not food. Children should start using toothpaste only after they have learned to rinse their mouths thoroughly.