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Fluoride is a substance that strengthens tooth enamel. This helps to prevent dental cavities.
Fluoride topical is used as a medication to prevent tooth decay in patients that have a low level of fluoride topical in their drinking water. Fluoride topical is also used to prevent tooth decay in patients who undergo radiation of the head and/or neck, which may cause dryness of the mouth and an increased incidence of tooth decay.
Fluoride may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Fluoride topical should not be used if the level of fluoride in the drinking water is greater than 0.7 parts per million (ppm).
To make sure fluoride topical is safe for you, tell your doctor if you are on a low salt or a salt free diet.
If you have gum disease, some forms of fluoride topical may be irritating to your gums. Talk to your dentist or doctor if you have bothersome mouth irritation while using fluoride topical.
Talk to your doctor and dentist before using fluoride topical if you are pregnant.
Talk to your doctor and dentist before using fluoride topical if you are breast-feeding.
The use of fluoride is particularly important in children to protect against tooth decay. The American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Therapeutics recommends the use of fluoride by children up to 13 years of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends fluoride supplementation in children until the age of 16 years old.
Do not allow a child to swallow fluoride topical or serious overdose symptoms could result.
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