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A 46-year-old member asked:

why is sodium fluoride still used in toothpaste?

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Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Hardens teeth: Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth prevent cavities.
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
How?
Jul 17, 2013
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Treat the teeth: To assist in reducing getting cavities in the teeth and its root structure.
Dr. Robert Schwan
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
It Stops Decay!: Stannous flouride worked to stop decay and allowed for rehardening of tooth structure but the tin caused stain and it was acidic. Sodium flouride is more neutral in ph and is just as effective when used on a regular basis.
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
Just to clarify, Stannous = Tin. :)
Jul 17, 2013

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Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

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Triclosan: Triclosan is actually a registered pesticide that has anti-microbial actions against bacteria. It has been found to block throid function in bull frogs and rats. It is a component of some toothpastes used for gingivitis, mouthwashes and hand soaps. The fda is unsure if it is safe for human consumption and is re-studying this matter. 2% triclosan can help tp kill a bad-actor bacteria -mrsa on skin.
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Is it true that gargling with salt water helps with tonsil stones?

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Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the form of "biofilm"). Anything that causes them to be dislodged will help keep those pits in the tonsil clear. I have even known some patients who use a "water pik" to keep their tonsils clear of stones.
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Does salt intake have an effect on weight management?

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Bariatrics 36 years experience
Yes and no: Common table salt is actually the chemical compound sodium chloride. Excess sodium in your diet can lead to fluid retention which will increase weight and can lead to elevated blood pressure in some individuals. This is usually a transient event and shoud not be confused with the weight gain that results from consuming excessive calories. After bariatric surgery extra salt is actually beneficial.
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Does sodium intake affect copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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No: Unless you are taking steroids, it might exacerbate water retention.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe that sodium fluoride is still used in toothpaste?

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Dr. Marielaina Perrone
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Fluorides....: Sodium Fluoride is the most common source of fluoride, but stannous Fluoride is also used by many companies. Stannous Fluoride has been shown to be more effective than sodium Fluoride in reducing the incidence of dental caries and controlling gingivitis.

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