How much fluoride should be in my toothpaste?
No matter what age you are, I would always recommend using fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease and combats bad breath, but you need to check the concentration in the toothpaste that you use. Fluoride is measured in parts per million (ppm), and the amount of fluoride required is different for children and adults, shown below. You can easily view the ppm on the toothpaste packaging, so it's worth checking next time you're shopping.
An extra piece of advice, always spit but never rinse as we want the fluoride to stay on your teeth for longer.
The ppm of fluoride required based on age:
- All children up to 3 years only need a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm.
- Children aged 3-6 only need a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm.
- Children aged 7 years to late teens should use fluoride toothpaste with 1350-1500 ppm.
- Adults should use toothpaste with no less than 1350 ppm.