It is best to use a toothpaste containing fluoride as this has a protective mechanism against developing decay.
Fluoride mouthwashes are also available and are exceptionally beneficial for older patients whose salivary flow may be reduced and who may have gum recession.
Children’s recommended limits
For children there are recommendations for the concentrations of fluoride they should have in their tooth paste depending on age:
- < 3years old – not less than 1000ppm fluoride in a SMEAR of toothpaste
- 3-6 years old – not less than 1000ppm fluoride in a PEA SIZED amount
- 6 years old – use paste containing 1350-1500ppm adult amount
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