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Sodium fluoride dental
SODIUM FLUORIDE DENTAL - GEL, GEL-DROPS

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

SODIUM FLUORIDE DENTAL - GEL, GEL-DROPS

(SO-dee-um FLOOR-ide)

Uses

This medication contains fluoride. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay and bacteria that cause cavities. This medication is used as a topical gel application for the teeth.

How To Use

This medication is used as a topical gel to be applied with a toothbrush. For the gel - a thin ribbon of gel should be applied daily to the teeth with a toothbrush or mouthtrays (ask your dentist which is the best method for you). It should be left on for at least 1 minute after brushing with regular toothpaste. When finished, expectorate (spit out) gel and rinse thoroughly. Apply at bedtime. For the gel-drops - use daily as directed by the dentist. Apply an amount that will cover the inner surface of each applicator. It may take between 4 and 8 drops to accomplish this. The applicators will be provided by your dentist. Spread the drops with the bottle tip. Place the applicators simultaneously over the upper and lower teeth and bite down lightly for approximately 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, remove the applicators, expectorate any excess. Rinse thoroughly.

Side Effects

This medication may cause staining of the teeth or tongue. The stains can be removed by your dentist. Changes in taste can also occur while using this medication. If this medication is accidentally swallowed, stomach upset or nausea may occur. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication may not be necessary if your drinking water contains fluoride. Check with your local town or city water office to find out if your water contains adequate amounts of fluoride. Fluoride is commonly found in tea, fluorinated water and fish when eaten with the bones (sardines). This medication is not to be used as, or in place of, a regular toothpaste. If this medication is to be used in children under 6 years of age, they should be specially supervised so as not to repeatedly swallow the gel or gel-drops. This could lead to dental fluorosis (mottling or staining of teeth). Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding before using this medication.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, excess saliva, stomach pain, diarrhea, irritability, seizures, and loss of consciousness.

Notes

Dental checkups are recommended every 6 months.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight.