Does My Toothpaste Need Fluoride in It?

What Ingredients Are Important for Toothpaste?

It’s becoming increasingly important to consumers and patients to choose a toothpaste that is both effective and safe for your body. A lot of alternative toothpaste on the market claim to be “natural” by removing certain toxic ingredients.

However, one ingredient now commonly left out of toothpaste in order to be more “natural” is fluoride.

Fluoride is the key ingredient in toothpaste proven to prevent cavities and is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in water, soil, and air. For decades, fluoride has been added to most public water supplies in the U.S. which has dramatically helped in the prevention of tooth decay in patients.

Reasons Flouride Is Essential 

Fluoride can benefit patients in several ways including:

  • Preventing cavities
  • Strengthening tooth enamel
  • Limiting the growth of bacteria in your mouth 
  • Preventing tooth decay 
  • Reversing early tooth decay

Is Flouride Safe?

Fluoride is essential in preventing cavities and tooth decays, but it can be unsafe if digested in large amounts. This may be the case for children, particularly those under six years old. To avoid this and ensure safety for your child, make sure the appropriate amount of toothpaste is being used.

Once a child begins growing teeth, you may begin to use toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a pea-sized amount from ages 3-6 years old.

Apart from the safety precautions needed when using a fluoride toothpaste for younger ones, fluoride toothpaste is generally safe to use. As long as you are properly using the toothpaste and not swallowing it, you should be free from any health issues related to fluoride. The benefits of using fluoride toothpaste for overall tooth wellness outweigh the possible risks when used correctly. 

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