Fluoride Levels in Over the Counter Products

Over the counter fluoride products contain varying levels of fluoride.

In over the counter products, there are three types of compounds that are allowed to be used to give fluoride.  These compounds are monofluorophosphate, sodium fluoride, and stannous fluoride.  From these three compounds, over the counter products must contain less than 276 mg F per tube.  Most tubes contain between 1000 and 1100 parts per million (ppm) per tube.  These numbers translate to 30 mg F/oz and 33 mg F/oz, respectively.   Only these products receive the ADA seal and FDA approval.  At Dr. Abeyta’s office only FDA and ADA approved fluoride products are used for her patients.

Fluoride and Fluoridation

Fluoride and fluoridation can help reduce tooth decay.

For the past 65 years, the publicly funded program that fluoridates water has helped many millions of Americans prevent and reduce tooth decay by 20-40%.  Fluoridation is one of the most effective ways to prevent dental decay.   In fact, a study showed that for every dollar spent in fluoridation, $38 dollars were saved in dental costs.  Fluoride is not only found in water, but also in toothpastes and certain mouthwashes.  Fluoride acts on the teeth by making them stronger so they can be more resistant to acid attacks.  Fluoride also repairs and remineralizes places of acid attacks.  This can help to reverse early cavities and prevent new ones from occurring.  For more information on Fluoride, please visit the American Dental Association.