We highly value preventive care at Riverwalk Dental in Calgary, particularly for our pediatric patients. Fluoridated toothpaste can be a powerful tool for preventing tooth decay, but there are some rules about how to use it properly which people should be aware of.
Fluoride has dramatically improved the general public’s dental health. Dental problems are not nearly as severe in areas with fluoridated water and the topical fluoride treatments given to children reduce how badly their teeth are damaged by the acid secreted by bacteria. This is important because pain from tooth decay causes children to lose sleep and avoid eating. Often, their behavior and academic performance suffer as a result.
Brushing their teeth is one of the first things children learn about self-care. It should be done for two minutes at a time. Only soft-bristled toothbrushes should be used, and fluoridated toothpaste should not be used on mouthguards or other oral appliances. People should brush on every tooth surface and on their tongue. Fluoridated toothpaste should not be swallowed or the teeth may become discolored. Gums should not bleed during regular toothbrushing; if they do, something is wrong.
Dr. Jared Palmer and his team operate Riverwalk Dental at 540 6th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 1K5, Canada. To schedule an appointment, call 1-403-456-4994 or visit Riverwalk Dental.