ASDC journal of dentistry for children

A clinical evaluation of the relative cariostatic effect of dentifrices containing sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate.

PMID 2668365


A three-year clinical trial was conducted to determine whether a sodium fluoride (NaF) dentifrice had greater cariostatic effects than a sodium monofluorophosphate (Na2PO3F) dentifrice. Both dentifrices contained 1100 ppm fluoride and silica abrasive systems. A panel of 3,290 children, age 6-16, received one of the two dentifrices for ad libitum home use. The subjects were examined for caries at the baseline and after 2 and 3 years. Results were analyzed both for all children and for those children age 11 years or older at the baseline. The older children were found to have about 50 percent higher new caries increments than did the entire panel of children. In the older, caries- prone children, the subjects using the NaF product experienced significantly (15 percent and 12 percent) fewer new lesions than did the subjects using the Na2PO3F product after 2 and 3 years respectively. In the panel of all children, subjects using the NaF product had numerically, but not significantly, fewer new lesions. The results for this study, showing significantly greater cariostatic benefits in caries-prone children for a sodium fluoride dentifrice with a highly compatible system, are consistent with findings of other investigators.

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