Fluoride uptake into demineralized primary enamel from fluoride-impregnated dental floss in vitro

Pediatr Dent. 1989 Mar;11(1):17-20.


Fluoridated mouthrinses are not advised for preschool children who may swallow much of the agent. An alternate method of delivering topical fluoride to the interproximal tooth surfaces in these young patients may be fluoridated dental floss. The purpose of this study was to determine the fluoride levels of demineralized primary enamel both before and after the use of a commercially available dental floss impregnated with commercially available fluoride-containing products. The results showed that demineralized primary tooth surfaces treated with fluoride-impregnated dental floss exhibited significantly higher fluoride levels than those surfaces treated by immersion in a fluoridated mouthrinse or deionized water.

MeSH terms

  • Dental Devices, Home Care*
  • Dental Enamel / metabolism*
  • Fluorides / pharmacokinetics*
  • Humans
  • Tooth, Deciduous


  • Fluorides