Relative Efficacy of Sodium Fluoride and Sodium Monofluorophosphate as Anti-Caries Agents in Dentifrices (International Congress & Symposium)

 
9781853152580: Relative Efficacy of Sodium Fluoride and Sodium Monofluorophosphate as Anti-Caries Agents in Dentifrices (International Congress & Symposium)

It is universally agreed that there has been an enormous decline in the prevalence of dental caries in some segments of the community. This decline has, to a considerable degree, been attributed to the universal availability of fluoride, either in the public drinking water or through the use of fluoridated toothpastes. In many countries, water is not fluoridated, and clearly in such places, the decline is due to the prevalence of caries can be attributed to the use of fluoridated toothpastes. Many different fluoride are being used in toothpastes, for example, sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, amine fluoride and sodium monofluorophosphate. They are all effective in preventing dental caries when used in an appropriately formulated dentifrice. However, there are some differences of opinion concerning the superiority of one over the other, and whether differences observed are clinically meaningful. When small numerical differences, in effect, are observed in clinical studies, it is essential to note the observation of the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the American Dental Association, "the caries prevention benefit does not relate specifically to each and every individual, but should be gauged by examination of effectiveness for the total population." This collection of reports examines data from many clinical trials in this light. A critical analysis of the laboratory data offers a rational explanation of why, clinically, sodium fluoride, in an appropriate dentifrice, offers better protection against caries than does sodium monofluorophosphate.

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