Prescription Fluoride Toothpaste What is prescription fluoride toothpaste? Fluoride is used to prevent tooth decay and is available in many over-the-counter types of toothpaste. Prescription fluoride toothpaste contains a higher concentration of fluoride (5000 parts per million). This is the maximum strength available and it plays an important role in preventing and controlling dental caries (cavities). Why is prescription fluoride toothpaste beneficial? If you have had periodontal surgery recently, and the roots of your teeth are now exposed, then prescription fluoride toothpaste might be beneficial for you. It is absorbed into the roots and enamel and helps strengthen teeth so that they resist acid which helps prevent cavities. How often do I use the prescription fluoride toothpaste? Studies show that following gum surgery, most individuals develop cavities within four years on the roots of their teeth. The use of prescription fluoride toothpaste can reduce these cavities by 70% and even reverse decay in over half of the affected teeth. Prescription strength fluoride toothpaste should be used once daily in place of your regular toothpaste. Apply a thin ribbon of the prescription strength fluoride toothpaste to your toothbrush and brush thoroughly for two minutes, preferably at bedtime. Continue to use your regular toothpaste for your other daily brushing. Who should get prescription fluoride toothpaste? If you have had periodontal surgery recently and the roots of your teeth are now exposed or you have been told by your dentist that you are at high risk for dental decay, then check with your dentist to see if prescription fluoride toothpaste may be right for you. Your dentist will perform a check-up that will help determine if you are at risk for decay, making you a candidate for the prescription fluoride toothpaste.