A Healthy Home Dental Fluoride Treatment
This page describes a prescription topical dental fluoride
for adult home use having health and comfort advantages
over commercial preparations. Anyone can obtain this gel. If you
have never used a fluoride gel before, expect a significant
reduction in the number of new dental caries, tooth sensitivity,
and gum disease. This gel does not remove plaque (the biofilm
containing bacteria that builds up on teeth every day), so
brushing with toothpaste and careful flossing should be continued
daily, always before applying fluoride gel following the
Important - Please Read
Although experience has shown a general lack of side effects or
other problems associated with the home use of dental fluoride
gel, I require the following binding legal agreement to protect
your dentist and myself. Please read this agreement carefully.
By filling this prescription or by
using the gel described here, you indicate acceptance of all
responsibility for said use and any consequences of said use,
including but not limited to failure to follow all instructions
given below. Further, you agree that you will hold your dentist
(or doctor) and David Spector harmless and free from legal action
of any kind related to the use of this gel, including without
restriction lawsuit. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is
herein conferred, including without restriction suitability for a
specific individual or for purposes or usage other than as
explicitly described herein. This agreement is subject to the
provisions of applicable state and federal law.
This simple formulation is tasteless and transparent, will not
stain teeth, and contains no preservatives, sugars, abrasives, or
other needless or harmful ingredients (some preservatives,
artificial sweeteners, and colorings can cause cancer when used
over very long periods of time; slow-metabolized sugars such as
mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol can encourage dental caries and
irritate the gut; and some abrasives can scratch teeth or gums
which can damage tissues and encourage the growth of bacterial
Anyone can obtain this effective yet simple fluoride gel with your
dentist's prescription (or validation of the provided
prescription) from any compounding pharmacy. Expect a slightly
higher cost per application than standard fluoride gels due to the
need to compound this gel in small batches. A typical amount to
order is 120 milliliter (ML), which may cost around $70 US. It is
well worth the money in terms of effectiveness and relative
safety. This amount should last for several months when used as
Important: you must check with your dentist to make sure
that home treatment with this gel is appropriate for your
individual situation and to validate your a prescription.
Individuals with allergies to any of the ingredients of this gel
should not use it. Use of this gel is not a substitute for regular
visits to the dentist or for regular brushing and flossing. Please
read all of the instructions on this entire page.
[Click here to print out a complete prescription]
(Measurements are by weight)
- Sodium Fluoride 1.1% (suppresses bacterial growth and
strengthens dental enamel)
- Sodium Phosphate 1.2% (makes slightly acid to help the
effectiveness of fluoride; also causes foaming to aid in
clinging to teeth)
- Sodium Methylcellulose 2% (thickens and aids in clinging to
- Pure, Sterile Water 95.7%
- No additional ingredients or substitutions.
Preparation and storage:
- Obtain another, smaller bottle with a dropper top. You will
use this in your bathroom.
- Keep the main bottle in your refrigerator to prevent the
growth of mold or bacteria due to the lack of preservatives. Never
add anything to the main bottle.
- Pour a small amount (for several weeks of daily use at room
temperature) from the main bottle into the smaller bottle, being
careful not to touch the top or otherwise contaminate the contents
of the main bottle.
- Optional: add a few drops of pure food flavoring such
as orange or peppermint to the small bottle so you can sense the
gel in your mouth.
After brushing and flossing, once per day (or as recommended by
your dentist) drop 3 to 5 small drops (no more than 5
drops) from the small bottle onto your toothbrush and then
apply to all tooth surfaces and to the junctions of teeth and
gums. This should result in a thin, visible layer of foam. Try not
to swallow any of the gel (although sodium fluoride is not
poisonous to humans in small quantities, it is better to be safe
Optionally, only if needed for greater effectiveness or if
recommended by your dentist, let the applied gel sit in the mouth
for up to two minutes (research shows that a longer application
confers no additional advantage).
Spit out and keep spitting until your mouth is as dry as possible,
to avoid unnecessary swallowing. Do not rinse. Do not eat or drink
for at least 30 minutes to allow the gel to be absorbed; you may
find it best to apply right before bedtime.
Don't forget to bring the small bottle of gel with you when you
travel away from home.
Sodium fluoride, the active ingredient, is sometimes
used--in far larger quantities, of course--as a rat poison, and
some people believe (without well-conducted,
replicated, and peer-reviewed clinical or research evidence) that
sodium fluoride is harmful to the teeth and/or the general health
and should not be used by people).
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