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Do you know? Toothpaste is used to prevent tooth decay because of fluoride

Toothpaste contains fluoride and bases to neutralize the mouth acid. The pH of toothpaste is about 8.0
Hence the toothpaste, which is generally basic, for cleaning the teeth can neutralize the excess acid in the mouth and prevent tooth decay
Some more about fluoride
• A fluoride is a form of the chemical element fluorine. It is used as medicine.
• Fluoride is added to public drinking water to prevent tooth decay. Children who do not drink fluoridated public water because their homes use water from a private well often take fluoride tablets to prevent tooth decay.
• Fluoride is added to toothpaste and mouthwashes so it can be applied directly to the teeth to prevent tooth decay.
• Fluoride is also taken by mouth for treating weakened bones (osteoporosis) and for preventing bone loss in people with rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
• Fluoride protects teeth from the bacteria in plaque. It also promotes new bone formation. This is different than most medicines used for weak bones (osteoporosis), which fight osteoporosis by keeping bone from being broken down.
• Preventing tooth decay, when fluoride is added to drinking water or included in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and other dental products.
• Effective for treating osteoporosis (bone loss). Fluoride is taken by mouth continuously or cyclically (three months on, one month off) might increase bone mineral density, which is an indicator of bone strength. Fluoride seems to work better for improving bone strength in older women when combined with hormone replacement therapy. However, it’s not clear whether taking fluoride actually reduces the chance of weak bones breaking.
• Insufficient Evidence for
Preventing bone loss in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Preventing bone loss in people with Crohn’s disease (an intestinal disorder).
• Fluoride is safe for most people in the amounts added to public water supplies and used in toothpaste and mouthwashes, and applied by dentists.
• Low doses (up to 20 mg per day of elemental fluoride) of supplemental fluoride taken by mouth appear to be safe for most people.
• Higher doses are UNSAFE and can weaken bones and ligaments, and cause muscle weakness and nervous system problems.
• High doses of fluoride in children before their permanent teeth come through the gums can cause tooth discoloration.
• Toothpaste and fluoride rinses should not be swallowed routinely, particularly by children.
• It’s a good idea to make sure that children under six years of age use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride-containing toothpaste, just in case they swallow some.
• Fluoride seems to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding when taken in doses below the tolerable upper intake level (UL) of 10 mg per day of elemental fluoride and when applied directly to the teeth in toothpaste and mouthwashes.
• Higher doses are UNSAFE and can weaken bones and ligaments, and cause muscle weakness and nervous system problems.

 


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