GENERIC NAME: SODIUM FLUORIDE GEL - DENTAL (SO-dee-um FLOOR-ide)
USES: This medication is used to prevent cavities. It makes teeth stronger and more resistant to decay caused by acid and bacteria.This medication is not recommended for children younger than 6 years unless directed by the dentist/doctor.
HOW TO USE: Depending on the product, this medication is applied onto the teeth, either with a mouth tray or a small brush/swab, by a dental professional. The gel should be left on for the prescribed amount of time (usually 1 to 4 minutes, depending on the product).Spit out the medication after use. Do not swallow. Children should rinse their mouths thoroughly right away. Watch children during treatment and rinsing to make sure they do not swallow the medication or rinse water. For best results in adults, do not rinse your mouth, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes after use.Dosage and frequency of application is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. This medication is usually applied every 6 to 12 months or as directed by your dentist.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, mark the days on the calendar when you need to receive the medication.
SIDE EFFECTS: Remember that your dentist has prescribed this medicine because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor/dentist immediately if your teeth become stained or pitted. This is often a result of too much fluoride.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor/dentist or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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