Colgate Duraphat Toothpaste
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Colgate Duraphat 5000 toothpaste is a prescription-only toothpaste for the prevention of dental caries in adults. It is prescribed particularly to patients with a high risk from caries. Colgate Duraphat toothpaste contains fluoride as a sodium salt. It belongs to a group of medicines known as caries preventing agents.
- High fluoride toothpaste containing 5000ppm sodium fluoride
- Sodium fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay
- Two strengths available: 0.619% and 1.1%
What Is Duraphat Toothpaste?
Duraphat toothpaste is a toothpaste for people with tooth decay, or at risk of multiple cavities (openings or holes in your teeth that are caused by tooth decay). It is blue-coloured, supplied in a 51-gram tube and manufactured by Colgate.
Colgate Duraphat has a higher volume of fluoride than normal toothpaste. Duraphat contains 5000 parts per million (ppm), or milligrams (mg) per litre, of fluoride, which is a little over three times the fluoride contained by standard toothpaste (1,350-1,500 ppm). Each 2-centimetre (cm) ribbon of Duraphat you put on your toothbrush contains approximately 3-5 mg of fluoride.
The only active ingredient in Duraphat is sodium fluoride. The toothpaste contains non-active ingredients including:
- Orbital solution 70% (non-crystallising)
- Precipitated silica
- Macrogol 600
- Potassium diphosphate
- Xanthan gum
What Is Duraphat Toothpaste Used For?
Duraphat is a treatment for the initial stages of tooth decay. It helps to stop further deterioration. The toothpaste is suitable for adults and children over the age of 16.
High-fluoride toothpaste such as Duraphat counteracts the effects of plaque, a sticky film that breaks down teeth. When you eat or drink, the bacteria in plaque produce acid that breaks down your teeth, wearing away the enamel (the protective outer coating). Plaque can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, sensitive teeth and bad breath. That’s why for many people, Duraphat toothpaste is important to maintaining and improving oral health.
By strengthening the surface of your teeth, Duraphat is also used to reduce sensitivity. When the enamel of your teeth isn’t strong enough, your teeth can become sensitive and painful.
Sensitive teeth – which can also lead to additional pressure on your jaw – can result in daily discomfort and fatigue, especially when chewing food. Duraphat toothpaste strengthens your enamel and conditions your teeth to be less sensitive.
Is Duraphat Toothpaste Good for Receding Gums?
Yes, Duraphat toothpaste can prevent your gums from receding further. Not only that, but it helps to stop bleeding gums.
Duraphat is suitable for people who have sensitive teeth due to receding gums.
How Does Duraphat Toothpaste Work?
The fluoride contained in Duraphat toothpaste protects your teeth, guarding against dental cavities and preventing them from developing. Duraphat contains a high level of fluoride which serves to strengthen and remineralise the enamel of your teeth, combating acid erosion.
In this way, Duraphat is able to:
- Prevent the formation of new cavities
- Slow ongoing dental decay
- Help reduce the sensitivity of your teeth
- Slow the progression of gum disease
Like standard toothpaste, Duraphat can contribute to cleaner, whiter teeth, helping to remove stains.
According to clinical studies, Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste can reduce the risk of root cavities by 76% in people with root carious lesions (a breakdown on the surface of the tooth). This means it benefits people with exposed roots or active root cavities, as well as gum disease.
Can I Use Duraphat Toothpaste During Pregnancy?
There is no data relating to the use of Duraphat in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that sodium fluoride – the active ingredient in Duraphat – only has reproductive toxicity when high levels are administered. Your dentist will prescribe Duraphat toothpaste during pregnancy if the benefit of using the product outweighs the risk. There is also a lack of research on whether Duraphat affects fertility.
It is not currently known whether fluoride is excreted in breast milk. For this reason, Duraphat should not be used by lactating women unless the benefit of using the toothpaste is judged by a dentist to outweigh the risk.
You should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before starting to use Duraphat toothpaste or any kind of medication.
Duraphat Toothpaste Reviews
Users of Duraphat have commented online that the toothpaste makes their teeth feel stronger and less sensitive. An improvement in bleeding gums has also been reported. Users have expressed their confidence in Duraphat, due to the fact that it is recommended by dentists and oral surgeons.
While some reviewers have complimented the fresh, minty taste of the toothpaste, others said that they didn’t like the taste.
Can You Buy Duraphat Toothpaste Over the Counter in the UK?
In the UK, Duraphat toothpaste is only available on prescription. You cannot buy Duraphat over the counter. After your suitability for the toothpaste has been assessed and confirmed, you can buy Duraphat from online pharmacies, as well as your local pharmacy.
For convenience, why not buy Duraphat toothpaste online at Cloud Pharmacy?. After you’ve completed a short consultation with one of our online pharmacists, your toothpaste can be dispensed and sent out in a discreet package with our next-day delivery service.
How Long Does Duraphat Take To Work?
When used regularly, Duraphat toothpaste is proven to be effective in helping to strengthen and protect teeth. You can expect to start seeing results from Duraphat toothpaste with long-term use.
How to Use Duraphat Toothpaste
When used to replace your regular toothpaste, you should brush your teeth with Colgate Duraphat three times per day. Brush your teeth after every meal, as eating can disrupt the strengthening and remineralisation function of Duraphat.
A 2 cm ribbon of Duraphat should be applied to your toothbrush every time you brush your teeth. Brush your teeth with a vertical, rather than horizontal, motion; brushing from the gum to the tip repeatedly. You should always spit out any excess Duraphat toothpaste after brushing, and not swallow the toothpaste. Brush your teeth for three minutes, before spitting out the foam. Try to avoid rinsing your mouth, or drinking anything for the next 30 minutes, as this may reduce the fluoride’s effectiveness.
For sensitive teeth, some dentists may recommend rubbing some Duraphat toothpaste onto your teeth and leaving it after you have brushed. Research has shown that this ‘massage method’ of applying high-fluoride toothpaste onto your teeth after meals can increase fluoride protection by 400%.
If you forget to use Duraphat, simply brush your teeth as soon as you remember, then brush at the normal time after the next meal. Don’t use double the amount of Duraphat to make up for the brush you missed.
As Duraphat has a high fluoride content, it should not be taken at the same time as other fluoride products such as chewing gum, drops, tablets, varnishes, or gels. You should also avoid drinking fluoridated water while you are using Duraphat toothpaste. This will prevent fluoride accumulation.
How Long Should You Use Duraphat Toothpaste For?
Your dentist will instruct you on how long to use Duraphat toothpaste. They will assess how effective the treatment is before deciding if you should continue using the toothpaste.
High-fluoride toothpaste such as Duraphat can be prescribed for up to three months in order to help control cavities. For people who are at a continued high risk of cavities, Duraphat may be prescribed for a longer period.
Ask your dentist if you are unsure whether to continue using Duraphat toothpaste.
Duraphat Toothpaste Side Effects
Not everyone will experience side effects from Duraphat toothpaste. Like all medicines, there is a chance of experiencing side effects from Duraphat toothpaste, but less than one in 1,000 users will experience them
A burning sensation in the mouth has been reported by some people when brushing. If you are concerned about this side effect or it gets worse, inform your dentist or pharmacist. There is also a small chance of allergic reactions such as:
If you experience these signs of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical help.
The menthol contained in Duraphat could cause convulsions if ingested in excessive amounts accidentally. For this reason, Duraphat should be kept out of the sight and reach of infants and children.
Duraphat contains sodium benzoate, which may be a mild irritant to eyes, skin and mucous membranes. The toothpaste also contains sorbitol solution, therefore people who have hereditary fructose intolerance shouldn’t use the product. That’s because sorbitol and fructose intolerance are linked, as sorbitol in the intestine inhibits fructose uptake – in people with fructose intolerance, sorbitol consumption symptoms may worsen.
Swallowing too much toothpaste over the long term may cause dental fluorosis (a condition characterised by speckled or stained teeth and fragile enamel) or bone fluorosis (also known as osteosclerosis), which is increased bone density at the root of the tooth. You should spit out Duraphat, rather than swallow it when brushing your teeth.
Patient Information Leaflet
Duraphat Toothpaste Patient Information Leaflet
For more information on Duraphat Toothpaste, take a look at the Patient Information Leaflet below:
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