Stannous Fluoride in Toothpaste and Mouthwash: Pros and Cons

Stannous Fluoride in Toothpaste and Mouthwash: Pros and Cons

The following are some pros and cons of using stannous fluoride toothpastes or mouth rinses. You may have different opinions on these topics. Please feel free to share your opinion by commenting below!



1) No bitter taste when brushing teeth with it.

(Some people say its not pleasant to brush teeth with it. But it doesn’t bother me.)

2) No burning sensation when brushing teeth with it.

(I think this is because it contains no alcohol, which burns the inside of your mouth and throat)

3) No unpleasant aftertaste when brushing teeth with it.

(If there is any aftertaste, then you probably didn’t brush enough!)

4) It makes brushing teeth easier.

(It helps to keep your gums moist and prevents plaque buildup in the first place! )

5) It improves dental hygiene.

(You don’t need to wash your hands as much after brushing your teeth with it.)

6) Its effectiveness lasts longer than regular toothpaste.

(Because it contains no alcohol, stannous fluoride toothpaste stays effective for a long time!)

7) It reduces cavities and gum disease.

(Stannous fluoride is believed to reduce cavities and gum disease.)

8) It prevents periodontal diseases like gingivitis.

(Stannous fluoride prevents gingivitis by killing harmful mouth bacteria and viruses that cause colds and the flu.)

9) It prevents tooth decay.

(Stannous fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by attaching itself to the surface of teeth and strengthening the enamel layer.)

10) It kills or slows down the growth of mouth bacteria. (Mouth bacteria, when left untreated, can cause tooth decay and other periodontal diseases.)

11) It makes teeth whiter. (It reduces or eliminates dark stains caused by coffee, tea, cigarettes or just age.)

12) It’s more effective than regular toothpaste. (Using stannous fluoride helps to prevent dental diseases and makes teeth whiter.)

13) Stannous fluoride is better for people with sensitive teeth. (This is because most sensitive toothpastes contain stannous fluoride.)

14) It strengthens tooth enamel. (Stannous fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel, making your teeth less likely to decay or break.)

15) It’s a good preventative solution for people with a lot of dental work. (This is because stannous fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel, making it harder for your tooth structure to decay if you have a lot of dental work like a filling or root canal.)

16) It helps to eliminate bad breath. (It helps to prevent halitosis, or bad breath, by killing mouth bacteria that cause it.)

17) It’s suitable for people with braces. (Because stannous fluoride doesn’t stick to braces as easily as regular toothpaste does, it makes brushing your teeth much easier!)

18) It helps to prevent root resorption. (Stannous fluoride helps eliminate the loss of bone supporting tooth roots and can help prevent the loss of bone mass in the jaw. ) (Most dentists also recommend stannous fluoride toothpaste to their patients who have had a root canal due to the fact that it strengthens tooth enamel and reduces decay-causing bacteria in the mouth).

19) It’s safe to swallow when used properly. (While stannous fluoride toothpaste does not taste good, studies show it is safe to swallow in small amounts, but should not be swallowed in large amounts. It is a good idea to avoid swallowing if possible, because swallowing stannous fluoride can lead to stomach aches and diarrhea.)

20) It strengthens tooth enamel. (Due to the above reasons, stannous fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel, making them less likely to decay.)

21) It effectively treats sensitive teeth. (The above reason explains why stannous fluoride alleviates tooth sensitivity).

Sources & references used in this article:

Comparative antiplaque effectiveness of an essential oil and an amine fluoride/stannous fluoride mouthrinse by BG Riep, JP Bernimoulin… – Journal of clinical …, 1999 – Wiley Online Library

The comparative efficacy of stabilized stannous fluoride dentifrice, peroxide/baking soda dentifrice and essential oil mouthrinse for the prevention of gingivitis by BB Beiswanger, SF McClanahan… – Journal of Clinical …, 1997 –

Acidogenicity of buccal plaque after a single rinse with amine fluoride–stannous fluoride mouthrinse solution by JJM Damen, MJ Buijs, JM Ten Cate – Caries Research, 2002 –

Effects of various rinsing protocols after the use of amine fluoride/stannous fluoride toothpaste on the acid production of dental plaque and tongue flora by VAM Gerardu, C Van Loveren, M Heijnsbroek… – Caries …, 2006 –

Studies on stannous fluoride toothpaste and gel (2). Effects on salivary bacterial counts and plaque regrowth in vivo by M Addy, J Greenman, P Renton‐Harper… – Journal of clinical …, 1997 – Wiley Online Library

Effect of various rinsing protocols after use of amine fluoride/stannous fluoride toothpaste on the bacterial composition of dental plaque by C van Loveren, VAM Gerardu, CH Sissons… – Caries …, 2009 –

Comparative study of plaque and gingivitis prevention by AmF/SnF2 and NaF A clinical and microbiological 9‐month study by R Mengel, E Wissing… – Journal of clinical …, 1996 – Wiley Online Library

Plaque-inhibiting effect of dentifrices containing stannous fluoride by B Svatun – Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 1978 – Taylor & Francis

Effect of a stannous fluoride dentifrice on the sulcular microbiota: a prospective cohort study in subjects with various levels of periodontal inflammation. by S Benjasupattananan, CSY Lai… – Oral health & …, 2005 –