Colgate Duraphat Toothpaste
£13.99 – £31.99
Duraphat Toothpaste is an effective treatment to prevent dental caries (tooth decay) in and adults and adolescents aged 16 years and over. particularly amongst patients at risk from multiple caries.
Clinical studies show that 2800ppm fluoride toothpaste delivers greater caries reduction than regular fluoride toothpaste. A 20 per cent reduction in DMFS increment was seen after one year of use.1
- Listed on the Dental Practitioners’ Formulary (BNF) as sodium fluoride toothpaste 0.619% DPF
- Contains 2800ppm fluoride
- For daily use instead of regular toothpaste
- Listed on the Dental Practitioners Formulary (BNF) as sodium fluoride toothpaste 0.619% DPF
- Provides clinically proven anti-caries benefits
- No disruption to patient’s regular routine helps to maximise patient compliance
- Proven efficacy
- Suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age who may be at caries risk including those with
- Active or a history of dental caries
- Exposed root surfaces
- High sugar diets
- Orthodontic appliances
- Dry mouth
When should I brush my teeth?
Brush your teeth for about 2 minutes last thing at night before you go to bed and on 1 other occasion every day.
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about 2 minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Tooth brushing stops plaque building up. Try to make sure you brush every surface of all your teeth.
Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?
It doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush.
They’re both equally good, as long as you brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and you use fluoride toothpaste.
If you’re using an electric brush, one with an oscillating or rotating head may work better than a manual toothbrush.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in water in varying amounts.
It can help prevent tooth decay, which is why it’s added to many brands of toothpaste and, in some areas, to the water supply through a process called fluoridation.
Tooth decay, also known as dental decay or dental caries, is a major health concern worldwide and is still a big problem in the UK. Despite being preventable, it’s one of the most common reasons for hospital admission in children.
Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth tissue caused by acids made by bacteria in dental plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky film that constantly forms on the teeth. Each time you have sugary food and drink, the bacteria in plaque produce acid that attacks teeth.
If you eat or drink sugary foods frequently throughout the day, you have more “acid attacks”, which can lead to tooth decay. This can eventually lead to cavities (holes) in the teeth and infection, which is why teeth sometimes need to be removed.
Read more about the causes of tooth decay.
Brushing your teeth thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay.
A range of toothpastes are available containing different levels of fluoride. The amount of fluoride in the toothpaste can be found on the side of the tube and is measured in parts per million (ppm).
Toothpastes containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride are the most effective. Your dentist may advise you to use higher-strength toothpaste if you or your child is at particular risk of tooth decay.
Children under 3 years old should brush twice daily, with a smear of toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm fluoride.
Children between 3 and 6 years old should brush at least twice daily with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1,000ppm fluoride.
Adults should brush at least twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
Don’t use mouthwash at the same time as brushing. Use it at an alternative time, because it washes away the fluoride in the toothpaste
Fluoride mouth rinses
Fluoride mouth rinses can be prescribed for adults and children aged 8 and above who have tooth decay. They should be used every day, in addition to brushing twice daily with toothpaste containing at least 1,350ppm fluoride.
Rinses should be used at different times to brushing to avoid washing the toothpaste off your teeth, as this reduces the beneficial effects of the fluoride in the toothpaste.
Community water fluoridation
Most water supplies contain some fluoride and in the early 20th century, levels of tooth decay were found to be associated with fluoride levels in drinking water.
Is fluoride safe?
There have been some concerns that fluoride may be linked to a variety of health conditions. Reviews of the risks have so far found no convincing evidence to support these concerns.
However, a condition called dental fluorosis can sometimes occur if a child’s teeth are exposed to too much fluoride when they’re developing. Read more about looking after children’s teeth and looking after your baby’s teeth.
Mild dental fluorosis can be seen as very fine pearly white lines or flecking on the surface of the teeth. Severe fluorosis can cause the tooth’s enamel to become pitted or discoloured.
Like all medicines, Duraphat Toothpaste can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
In some rare cases (i.e. less than 1 in 1000 people treated)
allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions can occur e.g. rash,
itching swelling and redness.
Burning oral sensation has also been reported