Use of Fluoride...

Use of Fluoride Rinse and MI Paste

Fluoride Rinse (makes teeth more resistant to cavities)

I suggest that fluoride rinse be used separate from brushing your teeth. When you brush with regular toothpaste, your teeth are already being exposed to fluoride and no extra fluoride is needed at this time from a rinse. Spit out the toothpaste and do not rinse your mouth with water.

Use the fluoride rinse at another time of day when it is inconvenient to brush. If you brush in the morning, after supper and before bed, use the rinse after lunch or a snack for greatest benefit. You may use the fluoride rinse more than once a day. Fluoride rinse does not necessarily need to be used after you eat. Rinsing more frequently is the most important part, but no more than five times a day.

Rinse vigorously (to dislodge food from between teeth) with 10-15ml for at least 60 seconds. Rinsing longer is better. Spit out the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes. Waiting longer is better.

There are many different fluoride mouth rinses available at pharmacies and grocery stores. I recommend a rinse of 0.05% fluoride concentration that is alcohol-free. Buying a higher concentration of rinse is not necessary because frequency of use is the most important point. I would rather you buy a lower concentration of rinse and use it often. Be sure to keep the rinse out of the reach of children.

MI Paste (Recaldent – helps strengthen teeth and reduce sensitivity)

MI paste works best if used with fluoride. Typically it should be used immediately after brushing or a fluoride rinse. There are many ways to use it; here are two methods:

  1. Method A) Squeeze a pea size amount out of the tube and lick it. Spread the paste around your mouth with your tongue. Salivation is normal and actually beneficial. Swish the paste in between your teeth and try not to spit for 3 minutes. Do not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Method B) Use a custom-made teeth-whitening tray. You do not need to whiten your teeth to apply MI paste, but if you are whitening your teeth, use the paste after whitening. Use a cotton swap to spread a pea size amount of paste evenly around each tray. Wear the tray for at least 3 minutes. Remove the tray and spread the remaining paste around your teeth with your tongue.
  3. MI paste is not approved by Health Canada to be sold in stores. Sun City sells MI paste at our cost. Stop by the clinic any time and we will be happy to let you choose your favorite flavour!