The Importance of Fluoride in Toothpaste & Mouthwash

Posted on February 27, 2019

What is Fluoride?

At Cardinal Orthodontics, we recommend the use of any toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent decay and cavities by strengthening the enamel of your tooth. It is extremely important to incorporate fluoride into your every day dental hygiene, especially while wearing braces.

Fluoride Use throughout Orthodontic Treatment

Brushing and flossing while wearing braces can definitely be a challenge. Brackets and wires are often in the way and leave sugars and plaque resting in untouched areas of the mouth. This can lead to decalcification or “decal”, which are white spots on your teeth that will be evident once brackets are removed. Fluoride can help protect this from happening to your teeth if you use a toothpaste and mouth rinse that contain this mineral.

Fluoride Toothpaste Options

  • Tartar control- This helps remove plaque that can turn into a hard substance on your teeth if not removed properly. Some people are more susceptible to this depending on their calcium intake.
  • Sensitivity- If you have experienced sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks this may be the toothpaste for you!
  • Whitening- A great option for people who drink a lot of coffee or dark tea. This toothpaste won’t change the color of your teeth, but it can help remove surface stains.

Fluoride Mouthwash Options

Although there are many great mouthwashes that have fluoride in them, Cardinal Orthodontics recommends Phos Flur by Colgate. This is very simple to use and should be done once a day after thoroughly brushing your teet. It is best not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after rinsing. Our practice will even throw in your first bottle for free once you get your braces on! There is nothing we want more for your teeth than to be happy and healthy once you are done with orthodontic treatment.

Although fluoride is a great addition to your oral hygiene routine, it is important to remember to brush and floss your teeth every day as well!

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