Sodium Fluoride vs Stannous Fluoride

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Let’s talk fluoride toothpastes! Stannous Fluoride and Sodium fluoride are the two most popular sources of fluoride globally. So, what is the difference… is there any?! Stannous fluoride is an antibacterial agent that’s clinically proven to protect against gingivitis, plaque, and tooth sensitivity. Sodium fluoride can protect against cavities and help to strengthen enamel, it doesn’t provide protection from these other conditions. It appears that stannous fluoride is able to block interactions between the bacteria themselves and between the bacteria and the surface of the teeth. In this way it prevents bacteria from accumulating on the tooth surfaces. Systematic reviews and clinics studies show stannous fluoride-containing toothpaste not only showed better inhibitory effect against oral microbial biofilm, but was also the most effective at reducing enamel erosion from citric acid when compared to sodium fluoride toothpaste. Historically stannous fluoride caused teeth staining for some, but formulas have since been altered to combat this issue.

Which type of fluoride do you use?!

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