Application and Necessity of ACT Fluoride Rinse 
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 Application and Necessity of ACT Fluoride Rinse

    I know I've asked this question before, and received helpful answers.
Nevertheless, I'm thinking maybe a bit of context might be of further help,
so I'm asking again:

    Facts about me:

    * I'm 22 years old

    * I just had a 1.5 year long period of negligent {*filter*}care, causing 4
cavities and a few 'watches.'

    * I floss once a week now.

    * I eat lots of candy/refined-sugar type foods, both in beverage and
solid form, with medium frequency throughout the day.

    * My brushing regimen is as follows:

        Morning: rinse with Listerine 30 seconds, brush for 3 minutes with
ultra-soft toothbrush using 1.5 pea-sized servings of Colgate Total with
Triclosan toothpaste.

        Afternoon: Brush. No Listerine application.

        Evening: Brush. No Listerine application.

/*                                     */

    These facts known, would I benefit from ACT Fluoride Rinse, and if I
will, when should I apply it? Does the presence of Triclosan + PVM/MA
bonding copolymer (all of which is in the toothpaste) interfere with the
magic of fluoride? If so, should I in my afternoon session use a
non-Triclosan toothpaste, and apply ACT at that time?

    Thank you,

    John



Wed, 20 Oct 2004 01:29:28 GMT
 Application and Necessity of ACT Fluoride Rinse
On Fri, 3 May 2002 10:29:28 -0700, "John Maynard Keynes"

Quote:

>    I know I've asked this question before, and received helpful answers.
>Nevertheless, I'm thinking maybe a bit of context might be of further help,
>so I'm asking again:

>    Facts about me:

>    * I'm 22 years old

>    * I just had a 1.5 year long period of negligent {*filter*}care, causing 4
>cavities and a few 'watches.'

>    * I floss once a week now.

Floss daily.  I recommend flossing before bedtime but any time is
better than not at all.

Quote:

>    * I eat lots of candy/refined-sugar type foods, both in beverage and
>solid form, with medium frequency throughout the day.

Stop bathing your teeth in sugar throughout the day.  This can deplete
the buffering ability of your saliva (your mouth becomes acidic).
Consume sugar at mealtimes and brush afterward.

Quote:

>    * My brushing regimen is as follows:

>        Morning: rinse with Listerine 30 seconds, brush for 3 minutes with
>ultra-soft toothbrush using 1.5 pea-sized servings of Colgate Total with
>Triclosan toothpaste.

>        Afternoon: Brush. No Listerine application.

>        Evening: Brush. No Listerine application.

>/*                                     */

>    These facts known, would I benefit from ACT Fluoride Rinse, and if I
>will, when should I apply it? Does the presence of Triclosan + PVM/MA
>bonding copolymer (all of which is in the toothpaste) interfere with the
>magic of fluoride? If so, should I in my afternoon session use a
>non-Triclosan toothpaste, and apply ACT at that time?

Without examining you, I would say that 3 brushings a day with a
fluoride toothpast are providing you with enough topical fluoride.
Not sure why you are using Listerine - if you are trying to get the
affects of a germicide (to kill decay causing bacteria) you shuold be
using chlorhexidine gluconate {*filter*}rinse, available by prescription
from  your dentist.  Normal regimen is 16 days, twice a day, then
you're finished.

Sorry, I don't know what the Triclosan stuff is for.  If Colgate Total
contains fluoride (and I suspect it does), then that's your answer -
it doesn't interfere with fluoride.  I recommend any brand of
toothpaste that contains fluoride.  I don't think any other
ingredients in toothpaste are significant.  Buy one you like.

Use a soft toothbrush.  Replace it when the bristles begin to flare
out at the ends.  That could be as frequently as every 6 weeks.  Learn
proper brushing and flossing technique (ask your hygienist for a
demonstration).

To summarize:  soft toothbrush with proper technique; 3 brushings a
day with fluoride toothpaste; daily flossing.  That is all most people
need to turn things around.  The trick is to be consistent.

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Quote:

>    Thank you,

>    John



Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:08:05 GMT
 
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