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Doctor insights on: Triclosan Vs. Stannous Fluoride

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Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

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. ...Read more

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Does stannous fluoride really repair enamel like it claims to?

Does stannous fluoride really repair enamel like it claims to?

Not exactly: At acidic ph (~5.5), the hydroxyapatite crystal of tooth can dissolve; add bacteria and you get "tooth decay." stannous ion (tin) is antimicrobial. Fluoride ions insert into the outer layers of hydroxyapatite crystal that makes up the mineral content of enamel and root dentin. Fluoride ion doping of the tooth crystal increases resistance to acid dissolution. It does not "repair" enamel or dentin. ...Read more

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What is stannous fluoride and is it better than sodium fluoride in your toothpaste?

What is stannous fluoride and is it better than sodium fluoride in your toothpaste?

Depends.: Stannous fluoride, the first Fluoride to be put in toothpastes, is an effective desensitizing agent, so if you're cold, hot, sweet and salt sensitive, it's the better of the two to use. Sodium Fluoride is a more effective cavity fighter. ...Read more

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What can I do to remove stannous fluoride stains from my teeth?

What can I do to remove stannous fluoride stains from my teeth?

MI paste: You can get cosmetic restorations to cover your stains but we all know that can be expensive. Bleaching may help but that doesn't do the job evenly. There is a toothpaste call mi paste that you can ask your dentist about. Try that. ...Read more

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What is the difference between stannous fluoride and potassium nitrate?

SnF2 and KNO3: Stannous Fluoride is tin Fluoride and is used to fight cavities. It is a chemical compound with the formula snf2. Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound with the formula kno3. Major uses of potassium nitrate are in fertilizers. They quite different in use and in their chemical composition. ...Read more

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Why is fluoride toothpaste safe while fluorinated water is not?

Wrong statement: Fluoride toothpaste and water is the most widely used and rigorously evaluated for safety. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Baby now 5w takes 3oz of soy formula prepared with fluoride Nusery Water every 3-4 hours. Fluorosis or are the amounts safe? Formula fed since day 3.

Baby now 5w takes 3oz of soy formula prepared with fluoride Nusery Water every 3-4 hours. Fluorosis or are the amounts safe? Formula fed since day 3.

No need.: Congrats on your new baby and 3oz of formula prepared with nursery water with fluoride is not necessary. There are concerns about too much fluoride causing fluorosis and no need to use nursery water with fluoride. Most babies do not need fluoride until after 6 months of age. If you like nursery water, use it without fluoride until older than 6 months. ...Read more

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Fluoride in water, toothpaste, is this safe?

Fluoride in water, toothpaste, is this safe?

Yes, very safe: There are many scientific studies done by research scientists which indicate a variety of dental benefits associated with fluoride and fluoridation. ...Read more

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When would it be safe for children to use fluoride toothpaste?

Very early on: If your child can spit the tooth paste out after brushing then you can start using flouride toothpaste. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix hydrogen peroxide and fluoride in toothpaste?

No problem.: If you mean brush with Fluoride toothpaste and then rinse with a 50-50 solution of hydrogen peroxide afterward, this should not be a problem. If your intention is to mix the two together and then brush your teeth with it, the only problem will be that is is messy and no more effective than doing it the first way. ...Read more

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Baby 3 weeks, What water safe to use with powder formula? Bottled Spring water vs bottled purified water w/ minerals & fluoride. Don't like using tap.

Distilled: Distilled water would be ideal at this stage. Fluoride is not necessary until the teeth start to erupt. 'Drinking water' is from a municipal source (tap water), nursery water is often priced higher and not necessarily superior to Distilled. Spring water quality is variable is quality and consistency. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take fluoride while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take fluoride while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Fluoridated drinking water and Fluoride toothpastes are controlled at a a safe level. Less controllable are Fluoride supplements. Your child's permanent teeth begin forming in utero, so measured amount of Fluoride is helpful. Talk to your ob/gyn and your dentist about Fluoride levels in your communities water. ...Read more

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How much fluoride is considered safe?

How much fluoride is considered safe?

In drinking water...: The World Health Organization considers 1.5 mg/l of fluoride or lower safe In drinking water. Above 1.5 mg/l dental fluorosis may occur to an objectionable degree. Concentrations between 3-6 mg/l may cause skeletal fluorosis. Above 10 mg/l can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis. Optimally fluoridated water in the USA is kept at about 0.7 mg/l and is not a problem. ...Read more

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Read perrier contains fluoride and high levels of nitrates - safe to drink when pregnant?

Yes...: I am not comfortable with all the nitrates. The Fluoride is not a problem. I would go with another source of water that is more pure. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink baby nursery purified no added fluoride water while pregnant?

Yes: There shouldn't be an issue with doing so, as it is basically just distilled water with no fluoride. The only concern is your dental health. So, discuss with your dentist. If your question is, will it harm your pregnancy, then the answer is no. It will not harm your pregnancy to drink nursery water, but may be a waste of money for you. Consider just using a filter with your tap water. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Read perrier contains fluoride and high levels of nitrates - is it safe to drink when pregnant?

Maybe: Fluoride would not be a problem but high nitrate levels during pregnancy have been associated with several health risks. ...Read more

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Don't know if I want to use this fluoride stuff my dentist recommended to get rid of the hard white plaque stuff. Is it safe?

Don't know if I want to use this fluoride stuff my dentist recommended to get rid of the hard white plaque stuff. Is it safe?

Have hygienist scale: Fluoride strengthens teeth, especially while teeth are undergoing development in children. It has very little impact on white, soft plaque that has abosorbed the minerals in your saliva to become hardened (essentially fossilized) calculus. Don't try to brush this hard material away. It won't work and your gums may get damaged in the process. Get a hygienist to scale it off. Then floss daily! ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink distilled water? I have perioral dermatitis and dr. Said to say away from fluoride, and I live with fluorinated water.

Is it safe to drink distilled water? I have perioral dermatitis and dr. Said to say away from fluoride, and I live with fluorinated water.

Yes: Yes it is safe to drink distilled water. I have never heard of Fluoride causing perioral dermatitis. It is more likely that it is some other ingrediate in your toothpaste. Some people are allergic to ingredients found in whitning and tarter control toothpastes. It may also be a food you are allergic to. Fluoride is a very unlikley candidate for this problem. ...Read more

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What is the amount of fluoride concentration in water that's considered safe for the prevention of dental decay?

What is the amount of fluoride concentration in water that's considered safe for the prevention of dental decay?

For years the: Addition of merely one part per million was the accepted level in municipal water supply systems. I understand that number may be dropped even lower in some areas. ...Read more

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What is the content of fluoride concentration in water that's considered safe for the prevention of dental decay?

What is the content of fluoride concentration in water that's considered safe for the prevention of dental decay?

Optimum is 0.7 mg/l: The World Health Organization considers 1.5 mg/l of fluoride or lower safe In drinking water. Above 1.5 mg/l dental fluorosis may occur to an objectionable degree. Concentrations between 3-6 mg/l may cause skeletal fluorosis. Above 10 mg/l can cause crippling skeletal fluorosis. Optimally fluoridated water in the USA is kept at about 0.7 mg/l and is not a problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a fluoride mouthwash after brushing with a anti sensitivity toothpaste?

Yes: Yes, the fluoride rinse will help enhance the benefits of the desensitizing toothpaste. When you rinse, make sure that you swish it around for at least a minute, longer if you can. ...Read more

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Is baking soda safe to use for brushing a baby's teeth? I read that I should be using fluoride toothpaste, but I'm afraid that my daughter has the same fluoride sensitivity that I have. Is using baking soda a safe alternative? .

Is baking soda safe to use for brushing a baby's teeth? I read that I should be using fluoride toothpaste, but I'm afraid that my daughter has the same fluoride sensitivity that I have. Is using baking soda a safe alternative? .

Absolutely not: Abrasive baking soda, a baking ingredient, is not a good substitute for toothpaste. While children need carefully monitored amounts of fluoride, Fluoride supplements and toothpaste have to be carefully titrated in children. 1st dental ck-up age 1, if for no other reason than to manage toothpaste/fluoride. Get your information from dentist rather than from reader's digest. ...Read more

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Does baby toothpaste with xylitol n no fluoride safe to swallow everyday? I brush her teeth everyday and she still cant rinse her mouth (20mos old).

Fluoride: Ffluoride is essential to the health of your child's teeth. Decision as to what type of toothpaste to use should be discussed with a Pediatric Dental Specialist. This is just one of the many reasons that the American Dental Assn recommends 1st dental examination at 1st b'day. Whatever toothpaste you choose, remember to use only a pea-sized portion, not the big ribbon they show in advertisements ...Read more

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Is it safe to continue using endocrine-disrupting triclosan in toothpaste? Is benefit of using it worth the possibility it may cause CA?

Is it safe to continue using endocrine-disrupting triclosan in toothpaste? Is benefit of using it worth the possibility it may cause CA?

Use your toothpaste: Please forgive my frankness. The "pop" claims about "endocrine disruption" haven't attracted the attention of mainstream science as they claims seem extremely weak to most of us. In fact, it's ironic to see a fearmonger with a junk-journal article complaining about this sort of thing while eating a tofu sandwich -- loaded with phytoestrogens. I'm sorry someone troubled you about this. ...Read more

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I always used Colgate Total, but recently there has been news regarding triclosan linked to cancer. Do I have to switch? Is it safe?

I always used Colgate Total, but recently there has been news regarding triclosan linked to cancer. Do I have to switch? Is it safe?

Can't be certain: Carcinogens are constantly being identified...unfortunately the risky concentration/exposure can be hard to identify. Have you stopped eating meat off the grill? Do you only drink distilled water? I personally use a similar product, drink tap water and eat occasional grilled steaks- I think you are safe enough. Don't swallow the toothpaste! Stay well and don't worry too much. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Triclosan in toothpaste during pregnancy?

Is it safe to use Triclosan in toothpaste during pregnancy?

Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibiotic used in some toothpastes. Discuss all medications, including OTC toothpastes, with your Obstetrician. That said, unless your OB has a specific objection, any toothpaste from one of the major manufacturers should be both safe and effective. Remember that for an adult, a pea-sized portion of toothpaste is appropriate, no matter how big a dollop they use in commercials. ...Read more

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Since bacteria cause acne, can facial soap with triclosan effectively prevent acne? Is triclosan safe for facial use?

Since bacteria cause acne, can facial soap with triclosan effectively prevent acne? Is triclosan safe for facial use?

There's a lot of: Controversy over trioclosan, It can be quite drying and is not my preferred treatment for acne ...Read more

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Why is fluoride an important part of our diet?

Flouride Works: There are tons of research showing the fluoride is important to strengthening the enamel of teeth. These lessens the chance of cavities. It can be added topically as in toothpastes and rinses. And it can be ingested in water and some vegetable. It is important to know that too much fluoride is also harmful to the teeth and body, especially in a young infant. See your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pros and cons of fluoride?

Pros and cons: fluoride can significantly reduce cavities by 90%. Too much of this mineral might cause white spots on the teeth. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is 0.21 fluoride level bad?

Hoping you can tell me, is 0.21 fluoride level bad?

In water - safe: The optimum amount of Fluoride in drinking water to protect teeth is 0.7 ppm (mg/l). This is more then 3 times the amount you are asking about. 0.21 ppm of Fluoride in food and drink is not only perfectly safe but will also protect your teeth from tooth decay. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much fluoride can hurt someone!?

Could you tell me how much fluoride can hurt someone!?

That depends: It takes long term, excessive exposure to be a problem. Optimum amount in water is 0.7 ppm. Long term exposure above 1.5 ppm (twice normal dosage)can cause dental fluorosis in children. 3-6 ppm can cause skeletal fluorosis (sk) in children and adults. Above 10.0 ppm can cause crippling fluorosis. Only 4 cases of sk reported in the entire usa in last 60 years. You don't have to worry about this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have fluoride in my body?

How could you not?: Fluoride at some level occurs naturally in most water supplies. Some is then incorporated into bones and teeth. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on topical fluoride? If yes, what happens?

Yes, can poison you: Yes, Fluoride in any form, if ingested, can be overdosed on. If too much Fluoride is swallowed it can even cause death. It is best to always follow the written directions on the bottle or the instructions you are given by your dental care provider. ...Read more

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What are the health risks associated with ingesting fluoride over our lifetimes?

That depends: If you are talking about ingesting the optional/normal amount required to prevent tooth decay, than none. When used correctly Fluoride has no health risks. If you are talking 3x the normal amount or greater then there is risk of both dental and skeletal fluorosis. Despite lots of fear-mongering there are no other proven risks and those problems are easy to avoid with correct use. ...Read more

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I've read that an ingredient in chocolate works better than fluoride, is there any truth to this?

Chocolate: Let's emphasize that, when reading any articles, pay attention to words like "might be better", "could mean", etc. The recent research that studied positive effects on compounds from cocoa is a curious one; especially its potential in mineralizing (strengthening) the enamel, like Fluoride does. This does not mean eating chocolate is better or same as getting fluoride. The truth is in the future. ...Read more

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Can I apply fluoride Varnish myself?

Of course, you can: According to the FDA administration, fluoride
varnish is under the category of “drugs” that presents minimal risk and is subject to the lowest level of regulation. Is safe and well tolerated by infants, young
children, and adults. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a toothpaste without fluoride?

Read labels: I think tom's of maine has a Fluoride free toothpaste and if you go to a health food store, such as whole foods, you might find one without fluoride. Just be aware that you do lose some anti-cavity fighting benefits without the fluoride. ...Read more

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Is toothpaste without fluoride bad or useless?

Less effective: The mechanical action of toothbrushing will remove food debris and plaque but the Fluoride remineralizes damaged enamel and may inhibit bacterial metabolism and prevent tooth decay. ...Read more

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