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Generic Name: fluoride topical

This is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay
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What is this medicine?

ACIDULATED PHOSPHATE FLUORIDE (uh SID yoo lay ted FOS fate FLOOR ide) provides sodium fluoride. This is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay. It is used to prevent cavities in the teeth.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • mouth sores or irritations
  • porcelain or ceramic dentures
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluoride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is applied to the teeth by a dental professional. Do not swallow this medicine.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other dental products without asking your dentist or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This product may reduce your risk of dental cavities. Follow proper dental hygiene, like regular brushing and flossing. See your dentist for regular check ups.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • discolored teeth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild burning or gum irritation

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is only given in a dentist office or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Note: This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have question about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.
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