Fluoride is a well-known cavity fighter. Now, some powerful prescription toothpastes take the bite out of toothaches — giving patients something to smile about.
Her teeth may look nice, but showing them off was a problem for Macie.
“Every time I spoke or smiled, it seemed like I was biting into ice cream. It was a very sharp pain.”
Repeated bleaching caused Macie’s teeth to become hypersensitive. She needed high doses of fluoride to treat it, normally a three-step process.
Dentist explains, “the patient would have to brush her teeth, then floss, then apply the fluoride gel to the teeth.”
Dr. offered Macie an easier way, with prescription toothpaste. It has five times the amount of fluoride as regular pastes. It can help people who have dry mouth, wear braces, have tooth or root decay, or have teeth that are hypersensitive to hot and cold.
Prevention is the key to the dental profession. This is a way of preventing cavities, and preventing root decay.
For Macie, bleaching and brushing are now a breeze. She says, “I didn’t have any sharp pain. I was afraid of going back to bleaching, and yes, I can smile with my white smile.”
Dentists say the only downside to prescription toothpaste is the price. It’s about $16 a tube and patients may find the texture a little grittier than regular toothpaste. There are several different kinds of prescription toothpastes, but their high fluoride dosage is not recommended for children under the age of 6.