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A 40-year-old member asked:

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

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marielaina Perrone
Cosmetic Dentistry 27 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.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 49 years experience
Fluoride: Research has proven that topical Fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to the acids that are the result of the bacteria breaking down foods, thereby reducing the number of cavities.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Reduces cavities: Topically applied fluoride, such as found in toothpaste, has several beneficial effects. It both makes the tooth enamel more resistant to acid and makes it easier for demineralization enamel to pick up minerals. It also helps to reduce the amount of acid the bacteria in the mouth make and interfers with the bacterias ability to stick to the teeth. All of this reduces tooth decay.
Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic 47 years experience
It reduces caries by up to 50% when used as a part of your dental preventive plan. Many people do not realize the beneficial effects of fluoride. This century, there is 50% less caries in the population because of fluoride in the water, toothpaste and at the professional level in office treatments. This has saved consumers billions of dollars that would have been spent on fillings, crowns, root canals and dentures.
Sep 9, 2013

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Why is sodium fluoride still used in toothpaste?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Sterling
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Hardens teeth: Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth prevent cavities.
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
Jul 17, 2013
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