Dental Problems

Self-Applied Topical Applications -Fluoride Dentifrices

Fluoride dentifrices are used to brush the teeth for the application of fluoride. Fluoride dentifrices are used as self-applied topical applications. Fluoride containing tooth pastes now account for approximately 85% of dentifrices market in the world, especially in the USA. The Council on Dental Therapeutics of the American Dental Association currently recognizes few caries preventive dentifrices with ADA seal acceptance. They all contain between 1,000 and 1,500 ppm fluoride formulated from either sodium fluoride or sodium mono-fluorphosphate and none contains stannous fluoride. Read on know more about self-applied topical applications.

FluorideAdvantages of fluoride dentifrices:

Because fluoride dentifrices usually are used regularly two or three times a day, they provide a frequent source of fluoride in low concentration that can inhibit demineralization and enhance remineralization.


Fluoride dentifrices are available and recommended for the people of all ages whether they live in fluoridated or non-fluoridates areas.


The following are the precautions to be considered while applying fluoride dentifrices, a self-applied topical applications.

  • Preschool age children should be supervised while brushing to avoid ingestion of excessive amount of paste.
  • Only a dab or pea-size amount of dentifrice should be used by six years of age or below.
  • A ribbon of dentifrice that covers the bristles of an adult-sized toothbrush contains about one gram of dentifrice. Swallowing the amount of fluoride which is present in this toothbrush should be avoided.
  • At least one brushing with fluoride tooth paste should be done just before bed time, placing fluoride in the mouth prior to a period of low salivary flow thus prolonging fluoride availability.

Use of fluoride tooth pastes:

  • Kids below 4 years of age are not recommended to use fluoride toothpastes.
  • Kids between the age group of 4 to 6 years must brush their teeth once daily with fluoridated toothpaste and other times with non-fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Kids between age group if 6 to 12 years must brush their teeth twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and once with non-fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Kids above 12 years of age must brush their teeth thrice with fluoride toothpaste.

The above article discusses briefly about the self-applied topical applications with fluoride dentifrices.

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