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Efficacy of Fluoride Forms in Toothpastes

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Posted by: Charles24  (6 years ago)
I see three different forms of fluoride in toothpastes available: sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, and stannous fluoride. How do the three forms differ in terms of protection against decay and sensitivity? I have heard that stannous fluoride will turn your teeth dull. Does potassium nitrate paste offer any greater protection than any of these forms of fluoride for tooth sensitivity?
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I see three different forms of fluoride in toothpastes available: sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, and stannous fluoride. How do the three forms differ in terms of protection against decay and sensitivity? I have heard that stannous fluoride will turn your teeth dull. Does potassium nitrate paste offer any greater protection than any of these forms of fluoride for tooth sensitivity?

Stannous is supposed to be more antimicrobial, but it tastes bad and stains teeth. All product against decay. There are better chemicals to fight sensitivity, potassium nitrate being one.
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