Report: High-fluoride paste found to help prevent white spots from braces

NEW YORK — High-fluoride toothpaste may help prevent white spots from braces, according to a Reuters report citing a new study from Sweden.

Researchers found that high-fluoride toothpaste, which has nearly four times the amount of fluoride, helped prevent white spots on the teeth of children between the ages of 11 and 16 years old, Reuters reported.

Prior studies have shown that up to 85% of those who wear braces may develop white spots, which tend to be permanent.

The research found that about 45% of patients who brushed with regular toothpaste developed white spots, compared with 34.6% of those who used the high-fluoride paste developed spots. That translates to about 32% fewer white spots in the high-fluoride group, Reuters reported.

 

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