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Fluoride FAQs: Your Questions Answered

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From strengthening enamel to reversing decay, there are many ways fluoride helps to improve oral health for both children and adults. Interested in how Colgate uses fluoride in our oral care products? Get the facts below with answers to your frequently asked questions about Colgate and fluoride.



Frequently Asked Questions


Does Colgate have fluoride in their toothpastes?

Yes, Colgate toothpastes contain fluoride. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride fortifies tooth enamel against acid attacks and can prevent cavities by at least 25% in both children and adults. While proper brushing and flossing habits are critical in the removal of plaque, Colgate fluoride toothpastes provide additional benefits necessary to your oral health.


Do Colgate mouthwashes contain fluoride?

Yes, some Colgate mouthwashes contain fluoride. Fluoride mouth rinse is a solution that contains fluoride and is known to reduce cavities in children and adults. A fluoride mouthwash can strengthen enamel and reverse softening even in places where brushing may miss. Interested in a mouthwash with fluoride? Check out Colgate® Enamel Health Mouthwash. It freshens breath with a cool mint flavour while helping to replenish natural calcium back into enamel.


How much fluoride is in Colgate products?

The amount and composition of fluoride in Colgate oral care products is beneficial and is not harmful to your health. While the amount and type of fluoride content in Colgate toothpastes and mouthwashes varies, the ppm of fluoride in Colgate is generally 1100 ppm for over the counter (OTC) toothpastes and 225 ppm for OTC mouthwashes. Consider talking to your dentist if you’re concerned you’re not getting the recommended amount of fluoride.


Why do some Colgate toothpastes and mouthwashes require a prescription?

Colgate prescription fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes are prescribed by your dentist if it’s determined you need to incorporate a high-fluoride oral care product into your routine. This may be due to high cavity risk, crown and bridge work, orthodontic decalcification, or other concerns. What’s the difference between prescription toothpastes and over the counter varieties? As an example, prescription toothpaste like Colgate PreviDent® 5000 Plus contains 1.1% sodium fluoride, delivering four times more fluoride compared to over the counter toothpastes! Follow your dentist's recommendations on how to use a Colgate prescription fluoride toothpaste as you would any other prescription oral care.


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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.