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Medications & Supplements
- cocaine hydrochloride
- lidocaine injection (Xylocaine)
- sodium fluoride 1.1% toothpaste - dental
- chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse (Peridex, Periogard, Periochip)
- tetracycline (Sumycin [Discontinued])
- sodium fluoride gel - dental
- stannous fluoride 0.63% oral care rinse - dental, Gel-Kam
- sodium fluoride 0.02% rinse - dental, Phos-Flur
- stannous fluoride gel - dental, Flo-Gel, Gel-Kam
- multivitamins/fluoride drops - oral
- sodium fluoride - oral, Fluor-A-Day, Karidium, Luride
- sodium fluoride 1.1% dental gel - topical, Karidium, Karigel, Prevident
- multivitamins/fluoride chewable tablet - oral
- sodium fluoride 0.2% rinse - dental, Nafrinse, Prevident
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- Health Tip: Chewing Sugarless Gum
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- Health Tip: Why Floss?
- Health Tip: Sealing Teeth to Help Prevent Cavities
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- Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth
- More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers
- Health Tip: Pregnancy Affects Dental Health
- Health Tip: Chewing Gum Can Help Your Teeth
- Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth
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- What Parents Can Do to Promote Good Dental Health
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- Health Tip: Get the Facts About Gum Disease
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- Lab-Grown Vaginas, Noses Herald New Options for Patients
- Dentists' Group Expands Recommended Use of Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids
- Fluoride Treatments May Help Fight Cavities
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