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This is the substance put in toothpaste or drinking water to help prevent tooth decay and the development of caries. Its use has long been supported by both the American Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association. All past and current research has discovered that it is both safe and effective as a dental disease preventative measure.

Considerations before recommending the use of additional fluoride

Sometimes, your Oakville, Ontario dentist may recommend additional doses of fluoride but before he or she should consider this option, it is necessary to take into consideration other sources of fluoride the person is consuming, such as in potable drinking water, through the use of toothpaste and some types of oral prescriptions. Overconsumption of fluoride can lead to a condition known as fluorosis. This can affect the appearance of teeth particularly in young children when the enamel is establishing itself on the teeth.

Use of fluoride containing toothpaste

When it comes to the use of toothpaste or mouth rinses containing fluoride, it is recommended that exposure should not be any more than two times a day and children who have not reached the age of 6 years should be supervised by an adult to ensure too much toothpaste is not swallowed and those up to the age of 3 years brushing should be undertaken by an adult using only tiny amounts of fluoridated toothpaste.

Caution over fluoridated mouth rinses

Some parents may become overly worried about tooth decay and insist their young children use fluoridated mouth rinses too. However, this activity is not recommended for kids under the age of 6 but it can be effective in anyone who is particularly at risk of tooth decay through a genetic influence.

There are some gels, varnishes and foams that contain fluoride and may be recommended by your dentist in Oakville, Ontario based on your chance of tooth decay. The chance of the latter could be related to your family history or whether you have access to fluoridated drinking water. Any fluoride supplements are normally used to the extent that they match the amount used in areas with fluoride in the water unless your risk of tooth decay is particularly high.