What is Colgate Duraphat?
Colgate Duraphat 5000 ppm toothpaste contains the active ingredient sodium fluoride 1.1% and is only available on prescription. Anyone over the age of 18 years whom are considered at high risk of dental caries could benefit from this medication in order to prevent tooth decay.
Those considered at risk include those with:
- Active tooth decay or a history of tooth decay
- Exposed root surfaces
- High sugar diets
- Orthodontic appliances
- Dry mouth
As Colgate Duraphat 5000 ppm contains a high-fluoride content, it should not be used in conjunction with fluoride tablets, drops, chewing gum, gels or varnishes, as well as fluoridated water or salt.
Therefore, it should not be used by those who live in an area where water content is fluoridated. Please see the following link to check the fluoride content of the water in your area: http://www.wmaf.org.uk/userfiles/FLUORIDATED POST CODE AREAS OF THE UK v6(2).pdf
What is the benefit?
Studies have shown that increasing the concentration of fluoride up until 5000ppm in dentifrice formulations will provide greater anti-caries effects, with up to 70% caries reduction.
How do you use Colgate Duraphat?
It should be used daily instead of your regular toothpaste. You should apply 2 centimetres, which provides between 3mg to 5mg of flouride, and brush your teeth for 3 minutes before spitting out. It should be applied three times a day after meals, using a toothbrush and should be applied vertically from the gum to the tip of the tooth. After brushing, you should spit out excess foam and do not swallow.
How does Colgate Duraphat work?
When sodium fluoride is applied topically, it can inhibit demineralisation and promote remineralisation of the tooth surface and is effective on both enamel and exposed dentine. Fluoride can help reduce the formation of plaque acids, prevent mineral loss caused by plaque acid and promote remineralisation of early decay.