High-Fluoride Toothpaste May Aid Brace Wearers

High-fluoride toothpaste may be beneficial in numerous ways.

A Swedish study from Malmo University suggests that this toothpaste thwarts white spots from developing on the teeth when braces are worn. The fluoride toothpaste possesses four times the regular amount of fluoride found in toothpaste.

Numerous studies have shown that 85 percent of people who have braces develop some kind of white lesions stemming from a type of decay.

This toothpaste proved effective in stopping one third of the white lesions in 11- to 16-year-olds. No toothpaste prior to this one proved to be as reliable in preventing the white spots.

Five dental practices and more than 400 people were given the opportunity to participate in the study. Among the participants, half were given the high-fluoride toothpaste while others received the toothpaste with the regular level of fluoride. All patients had photographs taken before and after treatment. The average treatment time was 20 months.

The information showed that about 45 percent of people who used the regular toothpaste showed signs of white spots compared to 34.6 percent of people who used the high-fluoride toothpaste.