Stannous Fluoride vs. Sodium Fluoride: Yes, there is a difference. In summary:
Sodium Fluoride, by far the most common fluoride in toothpastes, prevents cavities only.
Stannous Fluoride, in addition to cavity prevention, fights gum disease (its antimicrobial to the bacteria which form the plaque on teeth) and tooth sensitivity. The negative is that with long term use, it can stain teeth in certain patients. Please note that just brushing with a stannous fluoride toothpaste will not treat (and certainly not cure) gum disease. It will delay the initial onset of gum disease, as well as delay its recurrence in treated patients.
Thus its effective when used in conjunction with clinical care supervised by a dentist. Don’t believe carefully worded ads which imply that it will stop bleeding gums, and thus cure gum disease.
Crest Pro Health and Colgate Total are major brands which contain stannous fluoride, but expect to pay more. Due to its chemical instability, manufacturing a stannous fluoride toothpaste is more involved.
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