What is it?
Sodium monofluorophosphate is one of three types of fluoride recognised to help prevent dental cavities.
What does it do?
Toothpaste with Sodium monofluorophosphate safely and effectively helps to prevent tooth decay, when used as directed. Fluoride helps diminish demineralisation of tooth enamel and enhances the remineralisation of potential weak spots, strengthening the enamel.
How is it made?
Fluoride can be found in both fresh and sea water, in food (e.g., fish, tea), and in the bones of our bodies. In nature, it is found only in compound forms, such as the ore fluorspar (calcium fluoride) in soil and rock. To form sodium monofluorophosphate, sodium metaphosphate is combined with sodium fluoride. The sodium metaphosphate is a result of reacting phosphoric acid (from phosphoric rock) with sodium hydroxide (from brine). The sodium fluoride is from hydrogen fluoride (derived from fluorspar) which has been neutralised with sodium hydroxide.
What are the alternatives?
We believe that toothpastes with fluoride are best to support one's oral health for strong and healthy teeth. We respect that not everyone wants fluoride in their oral care products, which is why we also offer natural toothpastes without fluoride so consumers can choose what is best for their families and fits their values. We feel it is important to offer individuals a choice and trust that they will work with their dental care professionals to establish an oral care regimen that is right for them.
Is this the right option for me?
Most of the concerns raised about fluoride have stemmed from controversy surrounding the fluoridation of municipal drinking water supplies. The question of mass fluoridation of public water is an entirely separate issue from including fluoride in toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is applied directly to the surface of the teeth, delivers a benefit, and is immediately rinsed out.
Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.