fluoride toothpaste

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A dentifrice to which a fluoride salt has been added. The most common fluoride salts added are sodium fluoride and sodium monofluorophosphate. Fluoride is normally added within the range of 500–1500 parts per million with low fluoride toothpaste (<600 ppm) being recommended for low caries-risk children up to the age of 7 years. In Europe, the maximum concentration permissible in an over-the-counter toothpaste is 1500 ppm. Prescription-only toothpastes, containing 2800–5000 ppm fluoride, are available for the management of high caries-risk adolescents, adults, and the elderly. See also dentifrice.

Further Reading:

Davies R. M., Ellwood R. P, Davies G. M. The rational use of fluoride toothpaste. Int J Dent Hyg 2003;1(1):3–8. Review.Davies R. M., Davies G. M. High fluoride toothpastes: their potential role in a caries prevention programme. Dent Update 2008;35:320–23.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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