Sodium Fluoride (Systemic)
Brand Names : Fluor-A-Day, Fluoritabs, Fluorosol, PDF, Pedi-Dent, Solu-Flur, Fluoritab, Fluorodex, Flura, Flura-Drops, Flura-Loz, Karidium, Luride, Luride Lozi-Tabs, Luride-SF Lozi-Tabs, Pediaflor, Pharmaflur, Pharmaflur 1.1, Pharmaflur df, Phos-Flur, Flozenges
- Dental caries prophylactic
- Nutritional supplement, mineral
Fluoride (FLURE-ide)has been found to be helpful in reducing the number
of cavities in the teeth. It is usually present naturally in drinking water.
However, some areas of the country do not have a high enough level in the
water to prevent cavities. To make up for this, extra fluorides may be added
to the diet. Some children may require both dietary fluorides and topical
fluoride treatments by the dentist. Use of a fluoride toothpaste or rinse
may be helpful as well.
Taking fluorides does not replace good dental habits. These include eating
a good diet, brushing and flossing teeth often, and having regular dental
Fluoride may also be used for other conditions as determined by your health
This medicine is available only with a prescription, in the following dosage
Lozenges (U.S. and Canada)
Oral solution (U.S. and Canada)
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Chewable tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Importance of Diet
People get needed fluoride from fish, including the bones, tea, and drinking
water that has fluoride added to it. Food that is cooked in water containing
fluoride or in Teflon-coated pans also provides fluoride. However, foods cooked
in aluminum pans provide less fluoride.
The daily amount of fluoride needed is defined in several different ways.
For U.S. -
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are the amount of vitamins
and minerals needed to provide for adequate nutrition in most healthy persons.
RDAs for a given nutrient may vary depending on a person's age, sex, and physical
condition (e.g., pregnancy).
Daily Values (DVs) are used on food and dietary supplement labels
to indicate the percent of the recommended daily amount of each nutrient that
a serving provides. DV replaces the previous designation of United States
Recommended Daily Allowances (USRDAs).
For Canada -
Recommended Nutrient Intakes (RNIs) are used to determine the amounts
of vitamins, minerals, and protein needed to provide adequate nutrition and
lessen the risk of chronic disease.
There is no RDA or RNI for fluoride. Daily recommended intakes for fluoride
are generally defined as follows:
Infants and children -
Birth to 3 years of age: 0.1 to 1.5 milligrams (mg).
4 to 6 years of age: 1 to 2.5 mg.
7 to 10 years of age: 1.5 to 2.5 mg.
Adolescents and adults - 1.5 to 4 mg.
The total amount of fluoride you get every day includes what you
get from the foods and beverages that you eat and what you may take as a supplement.
This total amount should not
than the above recommendations, unless ordered by your health care professional.
Taking too much fluoride can cause serious problems to the teeth and bones.
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
- Luride Lozi-Tabs
- Luride-SF Lozi-Tabs
- Pharmaflur 1.1
- Pharmaflur df
In Canada -
Generic name product may be available in the U.S. and Canada.