What is this medicine?
SODIUM FLUORIDE (SOE dee um FLOOR ide) gel is used to prevent tooth decay. It also helps to decrease sensitivity of the teeth.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): biotene Dry Mouth, Dentagel, Dental Resources Neutral, EtheDent, Fluorident, Fluorishield (Sodium Fluoride), FluoroCare Neutral, Karigel, Karigel-N, Neutracare, Neutragard, Neutral, Neutral One Minute, Perfect Choice Neutral, Phos-Flur, Plus Neutral, PreviDent, PreviDent 5000 Booster, PreviDent 5000 Booster Plus, PreviDent 5000 Dry Mouth, Sultan/Topex Neutral Ph, Thera-Flur, Thera-Flur N
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- stained, mottled, or pitted teeth
- an unusual or allergic reaction to fluoride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is applied to the teeth. Follow these instructions unless otherwise instructed by your dental professional: After brushing thoroughly with toothpaste, rinse as usual. Apply a thin ribbon of gel to the teeth with a toothbrush or mouth tray. Do this once daily for at least one minute, preferably at bedtime. After using, adults should spit out the gel and should not eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes for best results. Do not swallow the gel.
Talk to your pediatrician or dental professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. This gel has been used in children as young as 6 years of age, however, precautions do apply. Children of 6 to 16 years of age should spit the gel out after use and rinse the mouth thoroughly.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your dental professional for regular checks on your project.
Do not swallow this gel. Prolonged daily ingestion can cause abnormal tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard part on the outside of the tooth. Report any changes in tooth color, such as unusual staining or spotting of the teeth.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- burning in the mouth, sore tongue
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- sensitive, irritated gums
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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