Fluoride

Use of toothpaste with fluoride is one of the major factors why children today have less tooth decay. Great care should be taken on taking additional fluoride supplements in young children and professional advice must be sought.

Most Australian towns and cities were fluoridated in the 1960s and 70s, and today around 90% of Australians enjoy the decay fighting benefits of water fluoridation.

Fluoridated water means fewer fillings, fewer extractions, and fewer visits to the dentist – resulting in healthier teeth, better smiles, and less pain and suffering.

  • There are some precautions that should be followed.
  • Do not swallow fluoride products.
  • Do not give a fluoridated mouth rinse to a child under age 6.

Supervise young children who are brushing with fluoridated toothpaste. They should use only a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste on their brush.

Fluoride toxicity can occur if a large amount of fluoride is ingested in a short period of time. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain or increased thirst. If experiencing nausea, induce vomiting or drink milk. Call your medical doctor or the dentist’s office immediately.

Australian Dental Association Guidelines

Putney Dental Surgery now offers on line purchase of professionally recommended products such as Recaldent chewing gum, GC tooth mousse and Colgate fluoride at www.dentalshop.com.au.

Local residents from Putney Hill, Putney or Ryde can pick up these  products  (Colgates, Recladent, GC Tooth Mousse)from our practice

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