Toothpaste is an important part of good oral hygiene. With many options available, it can be difficult to know which one is the right choice.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that people add to water, food, and other products. Many kinds of toothpaste contain fluoride since it has benefits for protecting tooth health. Too much fluoride can pose risks to health, but the amounts contained in toothpaste are generally safe if a person uses the toothpaste as advised.
It is an important part of tooth development in children under the age of 7, as it strengthens developing enamel. In children and adults, it also slows down the acid-producing capability of plaque, which protects teeth from decay. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by slowing the breakdown of enamel and increasing the rate of the remineralization process. Plaque on the surface of your teeth can produce acids and can create a weak spot in the tooth that may become a cavity if left untreated.
There are many kinds of toothpaste to choose from and it can become difficult for people to determine which one to purchase. With any fluoride toothpaste, look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.
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