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Sodium Monofluorophosphate



Sodium monofluorophosphate is used to remove plaque from the teeth, so as to prevent tooth decay and cavities.

How it works

Sodium monofluorophosphate belongs to the class of medications called as mineral supplements. It is hydrolysed in fluoride and phosphate ions. Fluoride ions reduce the ability of bacteria to make acids, and they re-mineralize the areas of the tooth that have been attacked by acids from bacteria.

Common side effects

Allergy, Gastrointestinal irritation, Hypersensitivity reaction, Skin irritation


Expert advice

  • Do not use sodium monofluorophosphate longer than 4 weeks unless recommended by your dentist.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience sensitivity in your teeth. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if patient is allergic to sodium monofluorophosphate or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not given Children less than 6 years.

Frequently asked questions

Sodium Monofluorophosphate

Q. Is sodium monofluorophosphate ionic or covalent?
Yes, sodium monofluorophosphate is an ionic compound. 

Q. Is sodium monofluorophosphate good for your teeth?
Yes, sodium monofluorophosphate is safe for the teeth. 

Q. Does sodium monofluorophosphate whiten teeth?
Sodium monofluorophosphate is not used for teeth whitening. 

Q. Does sodium monofluorophosphate cause canker sores?
Intake of sodium monofluorophosphate does not cause canker sores.

Content on this page was last updated on 03 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)