Your Toothbrush is a Fluoride Applicator
When you brush your teeth, think of your toothbrush as a fluoride applicator. Use a pea-sized amount of ADA-approved toothpaste. The active ingredient proven for ADA-approval is fluoride.
Fluoride has 3 main actions: 1. Stop DE-mineralization of your teeth.
2. RE-mineralize softened enamel.
3. Kill harmful bacteria.
Fluoride hardens enamel, making it better at resisting acid attack. It also restores slightly softened enamel, as good as new. Fluoride also kills decay-causing bacteria. It freshens breath, too! A quadruple plus for one ingredient!
You intend to brush every day and floss every night, just before bed. Sometimes we don’t. This is what to avoid: Never go days without brushing! Even if you do a sloppy job of it, always, always, always apply fluoride toothpaste every day.
Plaque is a white film that causes decay and gum disease. It covers your teeth when you don’t brush it off. The answer? Remove it every day. Even if you don’t brush well, apply fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride-filled plaque doesn’t hurt teeth nearly as much as when it is left undisturbed for 2 days. Longer is worse.
Before you start brushing, smear the toothpaste over every tooth, in BOTH arches, inside and out. Use your toothbrush as a fluoride applicator. Then do your usual brushing technique. The fluoride is in contact with your teeth for much longer with this technique.
The best: brush and floss every day. The minimum: Fluoride toothpaste every day.
W Bryon Satterfield, DDS, MAGD General dentist in The Woodlands with excellent care, skill and judgment from decades of experience in precision practice and teaching. Things work! 281-363-1571. Visit his website: docsatterfield.com