Sodium Fluoride Dental Gel

What is this medication?

SODIUM FLUORIDE (SOE dee um FLOOR ide) prevents tooth decay. It may also be used to reduce gum and tooth sensitivity. It works by making your teeth stronger. Fluoride is a mineral that plays an important role in the health of your teeth and bones.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): 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

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What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

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 medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breast-feeding

How should I use this medication?

This medication is applied to the teeth. Follow these instructions unless otherwise instructed by your care team: 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 1 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 care team about the use of this medication in children. This gel has been used in children as young as 6 years; however, precautions do apply. Children 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.

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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 medication?

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.

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What should I watch for while using this medication?

Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress.

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 medication?

Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

  • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Change in tooth color

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):

  • Irritation inside the mouth or throat

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 medication?

Keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medication 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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