What should I consider when choosing a fluoride product?
Several factors affect patient acceptance, including preferred flavours, texture, ease of use and effectiveness.
What is the pH level of an acidulated fluoride compared to a neutral?
Acidulated formulas have a pH around 3.5 versus 7 for neutral formulas. Neutral formulas are recommended and used mostly for adults because many have esthetic restorations that can discolour with APF formulas.
Are Pro-Foam bottles recyclable?
Given that the product is considered a drug in the U.S. and a natural health product in Canada, we recommend that empty bottles not be recycled but rather disposed of, as any other drug product containers.
What fluoride treatment method takes the least amount of time?
Fluoride application is most effective when applied for up to 4 minutes. APF gel and foams are marketed as a “one-minute formula” to increase patient acceptance and comfort.
At what age should children receive their first fluoride treatment?
Most children should receive their first fluoride treatment when they are around 6 years old. In high-risk situations, bi-annual treatment may begin at 3 years of age.
Is Pro-Foam 2% neutral sodium fluoride a 60-second application or a 4-minute application?
The label suggests using the gel for up to 4 minutes whenever possible. However, Health Canada suggests the use of any fluoride treatment for at least 1 minute.