Dental Care | Fluoride Toothpaste UK

Teeth are one of the most important parts of the human body. Not only are they essential to chew our food and help us to talk, a healthy smile can be a great asset to have! If you look after your teeth properly, they can last a lifetime. It is important to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to help protect your teeth from decay. Looking after our teeth prevents plaque, tooth decay and gum disease which can lead to fillings, crowns, painful abscesses and tooth loss.

If you are more at risk for tooth decay, you may need a higher fluoride toothpaste which is available on prescription. Our prescribers at Click2Pharmacy online clinic can help you find the right dental treatment. Complete our FREE consultation today.

Tooth Decay Treatment

Our teeth are covered in a hard substance called enamel. As we eat food, our teeth become covered in a layer of bacteria called plaque. The bacteria in this plaque can attack the enamel and lead to cavities. Once a cavity forms, then a dentist will need to give you a filling. If the cavity is still small flouride toothpaste can help to harden the enamel also repair it

Gum Disease

Plaque can build up along and under the gum line, which can lead to an infection. This is called gum disease. Mild gum disease may make your gums red, swollen and bleed This is known as gingivitis, and can be prevented if you brush and floss every day. Severe gum disease (periodontitis) can cause chewing difficulties and even tooth loss, and must be treated by a dentist.

8 simple dental treatment steps

Follow these dental care steps to look after your teeth, and avoid emergency trips to the dentist:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for no less than 2 minutes.
  2. Use a fluoride toothpaste with at least 1,350 ppm fluoride.
  3. Do not rinse out your mouth after brushing. This can dilute fluoride from the toothpaste. Spit out excess toothpaste instead.
  4. Use interdental brushes or dental floss to clean between your teeth at least once a day. This can help prevent the build-up of plaque which can lead to tartar.
  5. You can use a mouthwash that contains fluoride. This should not be used immediately after brushing your teeth, and should be used at other times between brushing.
  6. Cut down on your intake of sugary and acidic foods.
  7. Brush baby teeth as soon as they come through. Use only a pea sized amount of toothpaste for young children.
  8. Have regular check-ups with a dentist every 6 months

Fluoride Toothpaste

Most toothpastes contain a substance called fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral which can be found in water. It is added to many dental products including fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can vastly improve dental health as it can strengthen the tooth enamel and help prevent tooth decay. A further benefit is that it reduces the amount of acid produced by the bacteria on your teeth.

Most toothpastes contain between 1350 and 1500ppm of fluoride, which is normally enough to protect your teeth against tooth decay. Some people may need a higher amount of fluoride if their tooth enamel has been eroded. This erosion is caused by sugary and acidic foods which dissolve the enamel, leading to demineralisation. White spots on the teeth are the first sign of demineralisation of the tooth enamel.  Some people may need a higher amount of fluoride, such as 2800ppm and 5000ppm if they are more at risk of tooth decay.

Fluoride Toothpaste 2800ppm | Colgate Duraphat

  • Available as: Colgate Duraphat 2800ppm fluoride toothpaste
  • Has around double the amount of fluoride compared to regular toothpaste
  • Prescription only treatment
  • Can be used by adults and children aged over 16 years
  • Has better cavity protection than normal toothpaste
  • Helps prevent plaque and reduces the acid that causes tooth decay
  • Can help repair damaged enamel in the early stages of erosion
  • Recommended for people with tooth decay, exposed root surfaces on the gums, those on high sugar diets, or have dry mouth.

Fluoride Toothpaste 5000ppm | Colgate Duraphat 5000

  • Available as: Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste
  • Has around four times the amount of fluoride compared to regular toothpaste
  • Prescription only treatment
  • Can be used by adults and children aged over 16 years
  • Can help prevent plaque formation and reduces acid that causes tooth decay
  • Helps to reverse enamel demineralisation
  • Recommended for people with tooth decay, exposed root surfaces on the gums, those on high sugar diets, or have dry mouth.

Fluoride FAQS

What benefits does high fluoride toothpaste have?

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. The loss of minerals from your teeth caused by acid attacking the tooth enamel (mineralisation) can be stopped and even reversed with fluoride. This can help prevent cavities and early tooth decay. High fluoride toothpaste may be better for some people who are more at risk of tooth decay.

Is fluoride safe?

Lots of research has been carried out on fluoride. Some people think fluoridated water is harmful, however scientists say if the water supply is safely fluoridated, and fluoride toothpaste is used correctly then it should not cause any harm or side effects.  

Can fluoride be bad for your teeth?

If you have too much fluoride when your teeth are developing, then it can cause dental fluorosis. This normally happens in children aged under 7 years where the water supply contains fluoride, and also if they swallow toothpaste. Most children will only get mild signs such as white lines or spots in their teeth. Severe dental fluorosis is where the enamel has small holes and becomes discoloured, but this is very rare.

Do I need a prescription for high fluoride toothpaste?

Yes, you do need a prescription for high fluoride toothpaste as it may not be suitable for everyone. At Click2Pharmacy we are able to offer prescription based high fluoride toothpastes. You will need to fill in a short consultation form which will need to be approved by one of our prescribing pharmacists.

How do I use high fluoride toothpaste?

You can brush your teeth with a high fluoride toothpaste three times a day. Apply a 2cm length of toothpaste onto your toothbrush, and brush vertically from the gum to the tip of the tooth. Brush for at least 2 minutes after every meal. Spit out the excess saliva and foam, but do not rinse your mouth.

More information can be found on the NHS

 

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