11 doctors weighed in:

Can fluoride mouthwash & toothpaste stop or reverse tooth decay?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ladan Zinati
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

The only way to prevent tooth decay is by having a good oral care, meaning proper brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year for an exam and a professional cleaning.

In brief: No

The only way to prevent tooth decay is by having a good oral care, meaning proper brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist twice a year for an exam and a professional cleaning.
Dr. Ladan Zinati
Dr. Ladan Zinati
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Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: REVERSE TOOTH DECAY

As dr. Zinati said tooth decay is best prevented with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits with xray.
There are oral products available today that "remineralize" incipiant (small decay areas) in the enamel. Renamel is one by sensodyne. Re-hardens the enamel for small cavities only. Larger cavities must be addressed by your dentist.

In brief: REVERSE TOOTH DECAY

As dr. Zinati said tooth decay is best prevented with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits with xray.
There are oral products available today that "remineralize" incipiant (small decay areas) in the enamel. Renamel is one by sensodyne. Re-hardens the enamel for small cavities only. Larger cavities must be addressed by your dentist.
Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not Usually

That is like asking if a good carpenter can stop or reverse a fire.
No. You will need a dentist to stop the decay process and repair the tooth. Only good proper brushing/cleaning can prevent a new tooth decay. Toothpaste helps but is not the magical miracle worker by itself.

In brief: Not Usually

That is like asking if a good carpenter can stop or reverse a fire.
No. You will need a dentist to stop the decay process and repair the tooth. Only good proper brushing/cleaning can prevent a new tooth decay. Toothpaste helps but is not the magical miracle worker by itself.
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
Dr. Douglas Tavenner
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Dr. Arman Dayan
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Perhaps

There are certain toothpastes that have additives that can recalcify small tooth decay.
The more effective ones need a prescription. Talk to your dentist.

In brief: Perhaps

There are certain toothpastes that have additives that can recalcify small tooth decay.
The more effective ones need a prescription. Talk to your dentist.
Dr. Arman Dayan
Dr. Arman Dayan
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If mild, yes

If the decay is just getting started (often called a white spot lesion) then yes, it may be reversible.
A good product for this is mi paste plus, which contains bio-available calcium, phosphate and fluoride. If the decay is already an acutal hole then no, you need a filling to treat this, it is too late to "reverse" it.

In brief: If mild, yes

If the decay is just getting started (often called a white spot lesion) then yes, it may be reversible.
A good product for this is mi paste plus, which contains bio-available calcium, phosphate and fluoride. If the decay is already an acutal hole then no, you need a filling to treat this, it is too late to "reverse" it.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Jerry Hu
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Yes, some

Only for small, incipient caries/decay.
.. Always brush and floss well, and see your dentist/hygienist routinely for check ups and cleanings.

In brief: Yes, some

Only for small, incipient caries/decay.
.. Always brush and floss well, and see your dentist/hygienist routinely for check ups and cleanings.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Hu
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Dr. Caley Barile
Dentistry

In brief: Remineralizing

Research shows that Fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
Fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverse early signs of decay. When you brush your teeth with Fluoride toothpaste, or use other Fluoride dental products, you are providing a “topical” benefit.

In brief: Remineralizing

Research shows that Fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.
Fluoride helps rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and reverse early signs of decay. When you brush your teeth with Fluoride toothpaste, or use other Fluoride dental products, you are providing a “topical” benefit.
Dr. Caley Barile
Dr. Caley Barile
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