Oral Care Center

Fluocaril is the first fluoride toothpaste in 1946.

Oral Care

1. What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a common mineral, naturally found in water, soil and foods.  It is also found in toothpaste, mouthwash, drinking water (in some cases). Appropriate use of fluorides remains one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities.

Fluoride helps to rebuild and strengthen teeth enamel especially in young children.

2. Why fluoride is important for your teeth?

Fluoride supports the decrease of tooth decay which is one of the main oral health problem. It makes the outermost layer of tooth called enamel more resistant to the bacterial acids causing tooth decay. Using the foods we consume (sugar), oral bacteria create acids which attack enamel. Fluoride also strengthens enamel by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces in a process called remineralization; it helps rebuild enamel.

 

 

3. What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay (or dental caries) is the most common oral health problem. It is due to the softening of enamel (tooth’s surface) due to bacterial acid which is created when oral bacteria ferment the carbohydrate (such as sugar) consumed in our daily diet. The acid slowly dissolves the minerals in the enamel. If this is left untreated, holes or cavities in the tooth can occur.

Without treatment, these holes can grow bigger over time and may eventually destroy the whole tooth. 

 

4. What is the major cause of tooth decay?

There is a variety of causes of tooth decay. The most common cause is diet habits, particularly food rich in carbohydrates. When eating or drinking, carbohydrates remain on teeth even after brushing and flossing.

It might not be possible to get rid of all food particles or carbohydrates on the teeth. Foods that are trapped between teeth can increase the risk of a tooth cavity.

Brushing teeth regularly, and using mouthwash, particularly after eating or drinking sugary beverages is a way to avoid tooth decay.

5. How to prevent tooth decay?

Tooth decay prevention recommendations are as following:

  • Brushing teeth properly at least twice a day and using dental floss at least once a day.
  • Avoiding or reducing foods containing carbohydrates such as sugary beverages and snacks.
  • Visiting a dentist regularly for a routine cleaning and checkup in order to maintain healthy mouth, teeth and gums.
  • Adding fluoride in daily oral routine by using oral care products containing fluorides.

6. Why should my kid use mouthwash?

Recently mouthwash have played an important role in oral hygiene to support cavity prevention. 

Mouthwash is effective in fighting against dental plaque and tooth cavity as it can reach areas of the mouth difficult to access with a toothbrush or floss. Particularly for kids who haven’t yet mastered brushing or flossing.

Some mouthwash brands also contain a healthy dose of fluoride for kids and are specially formulated with their preferred tastes and flavors.

Choosing a product made for kids will excite them about their daily oral care routine. Allowing them to take good care of their teeth, will ensure that they grow up with healthier and stronger teeth.

While, Mouthwash should be an integral part of your kid’s oral care routine, it cannot be used as a substitute for brushing teeth as it cannot get rid of food debris or remove plaque like brushing and flossing do.

7. Is mouthwash safe for my child?

Make sure to choose a mouthwash specially designed for kids, free of sugar and alcohol, such as Fluocaril Kids.

Generally, kids’ mouthwashes are safer in case of accidental ingestion. However, child-safe mouthwashes are not meant to be ingested and parents should always supervise their kids when they use oral care products.

8. When should my kid start using mouthwash?

Dentists recommend starting using a mouthwash from 6 years onwards, when kids can control their swallowing reflex and spit out the wash after rinsing. 

Kids should use mouthwash under supervision to minimize swallowing.

Healthy oral habits need to be established early on, to ensure that permanent teeth will be protected in the future. 

Kids with braces should use mouthwash such as Fluocaril Ortho 123 with a healthy amount of fluoride and an antibacterial agent to avoid bacteria build up around braces and subsequent plaque acid and cavities.

 

9. When should my kid start using toothpaste?

“The sooner the better.” As soon as the first tooth has erupted, a smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush the teeth is recommended. 

Parents should establish good dental habits as early as possible by wiping their baby gums with a cloth and using specially formulated oral care products upon apparition of the first teeth.

Parents are encouraged to make brushing a fun time and show their kids how they take care of their own teeth.

As young children might try to eat or swallow toothpaste, parents should closely supervise brushing, and teach proper rinsing and spitting behaviors from a young age.

10. How much should we use toothpaste?

Dental associations recommend the use of 1,000 ppm fluoride toothpastes. The amount of toothpaste should be adapted according to the age of the child.

From the eruption of the first tooth to around under 3 years old, only a small smear of toothpaste is needed. Parents must be brushing their kids’ teeth to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned.

For kids aged 3 to 6 years, fluoride toothpaste in a pea-size amount should be used for supervised brushing.

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