Do you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste? If so, good for you! You’re on your way toward a top-notch smile and oral health. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps your enamel survive. In fact, the fluoride strengthens the enamel and makes it difficult for decay, bacteria, and acid to damage it. This is why your dentist, Dr. Christopher Louie, encourages you to use fluoride toothpaste regularly. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your toothpaste, he has some instructions for you.
The amount of toothpaste you use depends on your age. If you are under 3 years old, it’s best to avoid using fluoride toothpaste altogether. This is because your little chompers already get enough fluoride from the foods and drinks you consume. If you are 3-6 years old, it’s best to only use a rice-sized amount of paste. If you are 7 years old and older, it’s best to only use a pea-sized amount of paste. That’s correct—you don’t need to cover your toothbrush bristles with paste. Make sure to brush your teeth every morning and night for two minutes each time. For top-notch results, leave the toothpaste on your teeth during your brushing routine that isn’t followed up by flossing and rinsing. Leaving the paste for at least 30 minutes can allow the fluoride to saturate the enamel and strengthen it.
To learn more about how to use fluoride toothpaste in Fremont, California, please reach out to Christopher L. Louie, DDS, Inc. at 510-656-7778 when you have the chance. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions, so please don’t be afraid to contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.