Dental Care hygiene for Adults

Fluoride therapy is commonly practiced and generally agreed upon as being useful in the modern dental field. Fluoride combats the formation of tooth decay primarily in three ways:

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Fluoride promotes the remineralization of a tooth.

Fluoride has been found to enhance the tooth remineralization process. Fluoride found in saliva will adsorb onto the surface of a tooth where demineralization has occurred. The presence of this fluoride in turn attracts other minerals (such as calcium), thus resulting in the formation of new tooth mineral.

The common mouthwash, Listerine, was named after the person responsible

* Fluoride can make a tooth more resistant to the formation of tooth decay.

The new tooth mineral that is created by the remineralization process in the presence of fluoride is actually a "harder" mineral compound than existed when the tooth initially formed. Teeth are generally composed of hydroxyapatite and carbonated hydroxyapatite. Fluorapatite is created during the remineralization process when fluoride is present and is more resistant to dissolution by acids (demineralization).

* Fluoride can inhibit oral bacteria's ability to create acids.

Fluoride decreases the rate at which the bacteria that live in dental plaque can produce acid by disrupting the bacteria and its ability to metabolize sugars. The less sugar the bacteria can consume, the less acidic waste which will be produced and participate in the demineralization process.

Toothpaste is intended to be spit out. Some types of toothpaste may cause nausea or diarrhea if swallowed in sufficient quantity. This is why children of a young age should not use it, or use it only under close supervision.


Sodium fluoride (NaF) is the most popular active ingredient in toothpaste to prevent cavities; some brands use sodium monofluorophosphate (SMFP). Nearly all toothpaste sold in the United States has 1000 to 1100 parts per million of one of these active ingredients. This consistency leads some to conclude that cheap toothpaste is just as good as expensive toothpaste. When the magazine Consumer Reports rated toothpastes in 1998, 30 of the 38 were judged excellent.

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  • Antiseptic mouth rinse, often called mouthwash, is an oral hygiene product that claims to kill the germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. The common mouthwash, Listerine, was named after the person responsible for inventing antiseptic medical procedures, Joseph Lister. It is used by people interested in good oral health, protecting themselves from bad breath causing bacteria. It often comes in a mint, cinnamon or clove flavor.

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According to the American Dental Association, the first toothbrush was made in 1498 for an emperor in China who had hog bristles embedded in a bone handle. They were not common in the West until the 17th century, and became

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  • Proper use involves rinsing one's mouth with usualy 20 milliliters of antiseptic mouth rinse two times a day after brushing. One then spits out the mouthwash and rinses the mouth with water.

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