How to Properly Use Fluoride Toothpaste

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If you want a top-notch brushing routine, then you need to use fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. This is a beneficial oral hygiene tool that can clean your teeth as well as nourish and strengthen your tooth enamel, which is why your dentist, Dr. Marcus Lopez, encourages you to use fluoride toothpaste often. To help you get the most out of your toothpaste, he is happy to give you instructions.

For children under 3 years old, it’s best to avoid using fluoride toothpaste altogether. This is because their little chompers often don’t need the mineral because they get enough fluoride from the foods and drinks they consume. For children 3-6 years old, it’s best to use a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste when they brush. For people older than 6 years old, it’s best to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. That’s right, you don’t need to cover all of your toothbrush bristles with the paste.

It’s important to brush your teeth with this paste twice a day for two minutes each time. During your routine that isn’t followed up by flossing and rinsing, it’s best to leave the paste on your chompers for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the fluoride to further strengthen and nourish your enamel.

Do you have any questions about how to properly use fluoride toothpaste in Springfield, Massachusetts? If so, please reach out to Trecker and Lopez Family Dentistry at 413-782-5159 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!