While 20-42% of toothpastes are made from water, Fluoride is the most popular active ingredient. Used to prevent cavities, fluoride also has beneficial affects on the formation of dental enamel.
Whilst fluoride is found naturally drinking water and foods, in modern technology fluoride is a synthesised product with a close chemical relative to hydroxide. As a mineral, fluorite is also a chief source of fluoride for commercial applications.
What is fluoride found in?
Most commonly used in toothpaste and mouthwash as fluoride is the key element in the prevention of tooth decay.
Water fluoridation, the addition of fluoride to a public water supply, has been introduced to varying degrees to Australia. In 2007 an Australian review concluded that fluoride in water is an effective and socially equitable way to expose entire communities to fluoride's cavity-prevention effects, however this has not gone without criticism.
Is fluride safe?
Children aged 0 to 17 months do not need toothpaste, as they will naturally receive enough fluoride to benefit their developing teeth. As children start developing teeth, usually from the age of 18 months, use a low fluoride toothpaste with a pea size amount twice a day. From this age into adulthood, choose a fluoride toothpaste that suits your taste and budget.
It is advised to avoid giving babies fluoridated water as they are at risk of developing permanent tooth defect.
Speak with any of our team or one of our trained pharmacist should you have any questions about the right toothpaste to use or additional options for receiving recommended fluoride intake.