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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Effects of Fluoride Toothpaste
Precautions for Use
When you use fluoride toothpaste, please keep in mind the following precautions.
Amount for Effective Use
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
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.