High fluoride toothpaste is recommended for adults and children at high risk of tooth decay or tooth wear. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water in varying amounts, depending on where you live.
It can help prevent tooth decay, which is why it’s added to many brands of toothpaste and, in some areas, to the water supply through a process called fluoridation.
Fluoride has long been used to prevent tooth decay (dental caries) which affects millions of people of all ages world wide. Brushing your teeth thoroughly with fluoridated toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay. Higher concentrations prevent more decay.
Toothpastes containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride are the most effective. Your dentist may advise you to use higher-strength toothpaste if you or your child is at particular risk of tooth decay.
Children under 3 years old should brush twice daily, with a smear of toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Children between 3 and 6 years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1,000ppm fluoride.
Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
Don’t use mouthwash or rinse your mouth after toothbrushing. If using a mouthwash use at a different time, because it washes away the fluoride in the toothpaste.
Toothpastes containing over 1350ppm fluoride are considered high fluoride. Some very high fluoride toothpastes are ‘prescription only medicines’. These may be recommended by your dentist or doctor. here Learn more about toothpaste ingredients, levels and types of fluoride in our toothpaste guide.