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At Georgian Shores Dental Centre, we are a general dentistry provider that generally supports the use of fluoride as a safe and effective way to prevent dental issues. For over 50 years, the use of fluoride in dental applications has been researched, and its findings have been consistent in proving not only its safety, but its efficacy.

General Dentistry and Your Dental Health: What You Need to Know about Fluoride

Dental Fluorosis

all about flourideAlthough the use of fluoride is generally safe, dental fluorosis can occur when higher-than-optimal amounts of fluoride are ingested in early childhood as the tooth enamel is forming. As a general dentistry provider, we recognize the importance of maintaining dental health with the use of fluoride, as long as fluoride levels do not exceed recommended levels. Make sure your kids don’t swallow the toothpaste that is working to prevent cavities.

Toothpastes and Rinses with Fluoride 

Many toothpastes and mouth rinses contain fluoride as a way to prevent dental problems. However, it is important that you use the right amount every day to prevent consuming too much fluoride. As a provider of general dentistry services, we recommend using fluoridated toothpastes twice per day and minimally rinsing the mouth with water after brushing. If you have a child who is under the age of six, we encourage you to monitor them as they brush their teeth, so only a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste is used and they do not swallow their toothpaste.

If you choose to use a fluoride rinse, this can be used as a way to prevent dental issues. However, we do not necessarily recommend the use of fluoride rinses for children who are under the age of six.