Advantages to Using a Prescription Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is used to prevent tooth decay and is available in many over-the-counter types of toothpaste. Prescription fluoride toothpaste contains a higher concentration of fluoride (5000 parts per million). This is the maximum strength available and it plays an important role in preventing and controlling dental caries (cavities).

Over-the-counter fluoride toothpaste (1000 ppm) reduces cavities by approximately 23% while a toothpaste in the range of 2400-2800 ppm reduces cavities by about 36%. A 5000 ppm high fluoride toothpaste reduces the cavity risk even more, estimated to be about a 42% reduction. This is huge for something you only have to spend about 4 minutes doing!

Who should use a high fluoride toothpaste?

People at the most risk will benefit from it the most…

There a lot of people who fall into these categories.

What are the benefits of a high fluoride toothpaste? 

What are the dangers of high fluoride toothpaste? 

The biggest danger with high fluoride toothpastes is if a child gets a hold of them and eats a lot of the toothpaste. Please keep high fluoride toothpastes out of reach of children.

Otherwise, there are very few other complications associated with high fluoride toothpaste. It is a topical product so there is very minimal exposure to the rest of your body.

How do I get a high fluoride toothpaste? 

Toothpastes with 5000 ppm require a prescription. Easiest way to get a prescription? Ask your dentist in Evansville, IN- Dr Jenkins for one. Pretty much any general dentist will be thrilled that you care enough to use a high fluoride toothpaste and will quickly write it for you.

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A Woman's Touch Dentistry

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