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Duraphat is a toothpaste. It has a particularly high fluoride content, and is used to prevent tooth decay in people determined to have a particularly high risk of developing dental caries.
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What is Duraphat?

Colgate Duraphat 2800ppm toothpaste is a high fluoride toothpaste designed to prevent dental caries. Dental caries is the scientific term for tooth decay or cavities. Colgate Duraphat can be prescribed to those who may be particularly at risk of tooth decay, such as those with high-sugar diets, a history of tooth decay or exposed root surfaces.

Duraphat is a prescription only toothpaste. It will only be prescribed to you by your dentist if they feel you are at suitable risk of developing tooth decay. You can buy it from your dentist or from a pharmacy. Alternatively we can prescribe it to you following an online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

If your dentist believes that you are at a specifically high risk of tooth decay, you may be prescribed Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm fluoride toothpaste.

For more information about Duraphat toothpaste, please read the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Most toothpastes contain fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that also helps prevent tooth decay and promotes oral hygiene. Fluoride toothpaste can strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to cavities and decay. Duraphat toothpaste contains a much higher concentration of fluoride than normal toothpaste, so it is more effective at providing protection against dental caries and tooth decay caused by plaque acids.

If used correctly, Duraphat can even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. It is however, a preventative medicine, and should not be used without your dentist’s approval or to treat severe tooth decay. Duraphat comes as a 51g tube.

Before you take it

Do not use Colgate Duraphat toothpaste if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, including the active ingredient, Sodium Fluoride. You should discuss this with your dentist, who will be able to discuss an alternative treatment.

Your dentist will need to assess your total intake of fluoride to ensure that using Duraphat toothpaste will not cause an accumulation of fluoride in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information regarding this.

Duraphat toothpaste is intended only for use by adults and children over 16 years of age who may be at risk of tooth decay. You should not give this toothpaste to anyone under 16 years of age.

Because of its high fluoride content, you should be very careful to avoid any other medication containing fluoride when using Duraphat toothpaste. This includes fluoride tablets, gum, and fluoridated water.

Duraphat toothpaste contains Sodium Benzoate, which is a mild irritant to skin and eyes. You should take care only to apply Duraphat to your mouth.

If you eat or drink immediately after using this toothpaste, it can reduce the efficacy and can cause issues with the mineralisation of your teeth. Make sure you use Duraphat after eating.

There is no information as to how this toothpaste affects pregnancy and breastfeeding. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant and are concerned about using Duraphat.

Duraphat is not a whitening toothpaste and should not be used to brighten the colour of your teeth. Speak with your dentist who will be able to recommend appropriate cosmetic products.

No interactions with other medicines have been reported while using Duraphat. However, if you are taking other medications, you should make your dentist or pharmacist aware to ensure that Duraphat is suitable for you to take.

For more information before you use Duraphat toothpaste, consult your dentist or read the patient information leaflet.

Dosage Instructions

You must always use Duraphat toothpaste exactly as your dentist or pharmacist has told you. Never use more than you have been told to. If you are unsure as to how to use it, consult your dentist or pharmacist.

Duraphat toothpaste should be used three times daily. Use it instead of regular toothpaste, not alongside it.

Apply a ribbon of toothpaste onto your toothbrush, roughly 2cm in length. This should provide you between 3mg and 5mg of fluoride.

After each meal, brush your teeth. You should brush vertically and not horizontally, from the gum to the tip of the tooth. Spit out the excess foam - do not swallow it. Correct, diligent brushing should take around 2 - 3 minutes.

You should store Duraphat toothpaste in a cool, dry place, away from heat and moisture. Keep it out of the reach and sight of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Duraphat

Like any medication, Duraphat toothpaste may cause side effects. However, the risk of side effects caused by Duraphat toothpaste are very minimal and it is highly unlikely you will experience them.

  • Oral thrush
  • Sore tongue
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness of voice

Some patients report a burning oral sensation when using Duraphat. If you experience this, speak with your dentist.

Overuse of Duraphat can cause teeth to become stained or speckled. However this is usually related to overuse over a period of months or years.

Like any medication, Duraphat toothpaste may cause an allergic reaction. Any allergic reaction is an emergency, so if you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction you must immediately seek medical advice. Symptoms can include:

  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling of the tongue, face, lips, mouth or throat

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For a complete list, speak with your dentist or consult the patient information leaflet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Duraphat suitable for children?

No. Duraphat is suitable for adults and adolescents over 16 only. It should not be used by children. We do not prescribe any medication to anyone under 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Duraphat?

There have been no clinical trials undertaken to evaluate the effect Duraphat toothpaste has during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, speak with your dentist or pharmacist.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you forget to brush your teeth with Duraphat, simply brush as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next brushing session, skip your missed dose and continue brushing as normal. Never double up to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I take too much?

If you swallow too much of this toothpaste, you may experience diarrhoea, vomiting or abdominal pain. However, using too much toothpaste to brush your teeth on one occasion is unlikely to harm you.

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