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If you have fluoride toothpaste, you’re on your way toward a top-notch smile and oral health. This is because fluoride toothpaste is a special product that can nourish and strengthen your teeth and help you prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and enamel erosion. To help you get the most out of your toothpaste, our dentist, Dr. Wallace Lunden, has some instructions on how to properly use it.

The amount of paste you use as you brush depends on your age. If you are 3-6 years old, it’s best to only use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste. If you are 7 years old or older, you should only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. If you cover your toothbrush bristles with the paste, it’s not necessary. Stick to the pea-sized amount. If you are under 3 years old, you should not use fluoride paste at all. You should use water or non-fluoridated paste that is safe to swallow.

It’s important to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day (every morning when you wake up and every night before bed) for two minutes each time. During your routine that isn’t followed up by flossing and rinsing (which is usually the morning routine), it’s best to leave the paste on your teeth for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the fluoride to further strengthen and nourish your enamel. As you let the teeth soak, please don’t eat or drink anything.

Call Cedar Point Dentistry today at 612-822-2176 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to use fluoride toothpaste in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The more you know, the better, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!