Sodium Fluoride

What condition does Sodium Fluoride treat?

Sodium Fluoride is used for the prevention of cavities. It makes teeth stronger and more resistant to decay which is caused by acid and bacteria. This medication is helpful if you’re at risk of developing cavities. Cavities happen when bacteria build up on teeth and gums. It forms a sticky layer of plaque.  Plaque makes an acid that erodes the teeth and gum tissue. This is being an essential oral health treatment for decades as it supports healthy tooth enamel. It fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums. Tooth enamel is the outer protective layer of each tooth.

Sodium Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. This comes as a chewable tablet for use as dental caries preventive in pediatric patients. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Sodium Fluoride work?

Sodium Fluoride acts systemically before tooth eruption and topically afterward. It is by increasing tooth resistance to acid dissolution. It is also by promoting remineralization and by inhibiting the cariogenic microbial process.

Acidulation provides greater topical fluoride uptake by dental enamel than neutral solutions. When topical fluoride is applied, the formation of insoluble materials within the dentinal tubules blocks transmission of painful stimuli.

What is the recommended dosage for Sodium Fluoride?

Sodium Fluoride is usually taken once a day as directed by your doctor. The recommended dosage is based on your condition and response.

Take this medicine 1 hour apart from products that have aluminum, calcium, or magnesium. Some examples include dairy products such as milk, yogurt as well as laxatives, antacids, and minerals/ vitamins. These products can bind with Sodium Fluoride, preventing its full absorption. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

What are the side effects of Sodium Fluoride?

  • Allergic rash
  • Hives

Possible side effects of excessive intake of Sodium Fluoride may include:

  • Bone problems
  • Discoloration of teeth

If other uncommon side effects occur, call your doctor right away.

What are the precautions in taking Sodium Fluoride?

  • This may not be recommended for use in areas with a higher level of fluoride content in the water supply.
  • This is not recommended for use in infants less than 6 months of age.
  • If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, consult your doctor first.
  • Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Keep in mind that your doctor has prescribed this medication because they have judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. A lot of people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
  •  Call for medical help if there is an overdose or a sign of an allergic reaction.
  • Before using this medication, inform your doctor or dentist as well as pharmacist about any of your medical history especially: mouth problems.
  • Stomach upset may occur. If this effect persists or gets worse, contact your doctor/dentist or pharmacist promptly.
  •  Keep this far from the reach of children.