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Prevention of tooth decay in adults

All adult patients


  • Brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste with at least 1,350 ppm fluoride
  • Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion (usually first thing in the morning)
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse
  • The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced and, when consumed, limited to mealtimes. Sugars should not be consumed more than four times per day

Those giving concern to their dentist (eg with obvious current active tooth decay, dry mouth, other predisposing factors, those with special needs)

Advice – All the above, plus:

  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse daily (0.05% NaF) at a different time to brushing
  • Consider using an oscillating/rotating power toothbrush