June 19, 2018

Colgate – 50 years of cavity protection

Colgate is the leader in cavity protection and is committed to offering a portfolio of high fluoride products for cavity prevention and control. With 50 years of clinically proven efficacy and convenient use, Duraphat is the leading high fluoride solution for dental professionals and their patients. A heritage of proven efficacy in cavity prevention and control over the past five decades is what sets Duraphat apart.

Colgate Duraphat Toothpaste

Colgate is committed to a cavity-free future by offering a prescription only medicine for cavity prevention. Colgate Duraphat toothpaste is clinically proven to prevent early non-cavitated caries lesions and is available in two strengths of fluoride – 2800ppm F- and 5000ppm F-. The high fluoride concentration promotes superior anticaries efficacy over regular toothpaste. It increases the fluoride availability in saliva and plaque and builds a calcium-fluoride rich layer on tooth surfaces from which fluoride is released during caries attacks.

Who’s it for?

Duraphat Toothpaste is clinically proven for the effective prevention ofcavities in people aged 10+ (Duraphat 2800ppm F-) and 16+ (Duraphat 5000ppm F-). Convenient and suitable for everyday use in patient groups showing caries risk factors that can or have already led to white spot lesions in permanent dentition. Duraphat 5000ppm F- toothpaste has been shown to significantly reduce root caries lesion progression, with up to three times more arrested caries lesions after eight months, versus a 1450ppm F- toothpaste.

Colgate Duraphat Varnish

Duraphat Varnish is licensed for caries prevention and provides significant and long-lasting cavity prevention, with 37 per cent reduction in dmfs and 43 per cent reduction in DMFS. Duraphat Varnish offers a fast, easy and targeted fluoride application for in-office use that meets prescribing dental practitioners responsibilities, as cited in:

Avoidance of Doubt’ letter – Application of Fluoride Varnish by dental nurses

Delivering better oral health – An evidence-based toolkit for prevention

The use of fluoride varnish by dental nurses to control caries

Suitable for ages 3+

As part of the wider caries control agenda, current guidelines indicate a minimum of two applications of high fluoride varnish annually for children and adults giving concern for caries, using a licensed product.

Endorsed by Public Health England (PHE)

PHE recognises the value in fluoride varnish, “… one of the best options for increasing the availability of topical fluoride, regardless of the levels of fluoride in the water supply. [It] has a number of practical advantages. It’s well accepted and considered to be safe.”

High caries risk patient groups

Effective against active caries, Duraphat Varnish and Toothpaste is effective prevention or control for key patient groups at greater risk of caries or in instances where cavities may be a secondary, symptomatic effect, including:

Patients with fixed orthodontic appliances

Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy

Poly-medicated patients with reduced saliva flow

Patients with exposed dentine/root surfaces

Children with erupting permanent molars

Patients with active root caries


1.Adapted from Tavss et al. Am J Dent 2003; 16:369-74.

2.Ekstrand 2008 Gerodontology 2008; 25:67-75.

3.Marinho et al. Cochrane review 2013, Issue 7.

4.Public Health England, Department of Health. 3rd Edition. March 2017.

BDIA Dental Showcase is the premier event for the whole dental team. To register visit, dentalshowcase.com/register


Dental Showcase is the leading trade show exhibition for the dental industry. As the largest dental show in the UK, thousands of professionals attend to discover the very latest dental innovations across an unrivalled selection of exhibitor stands. Visitors enjoy personalised product demonstrations, snap up unbeatable ‘Showcase’ deals and take part in highly engaging lecture sessions whilst toping up their CPD hours, all under one roof.


Dental Showcase is organised by MA Exhibitions (MAX), an award-winning exhibition business. MAX organises in excess of 200 events annually, from small, highly focussed seminars to large scale events. Within MAX’s portfolio there are events, spread across sectors including electronics, manufacturing, engineering, communications, education, healthcare and print.

A dedicated, experienced and passionate team of events professionals will offer an unparalleled experience for dental professionals and exhibitors alike.

Website: www.markallengroup.com/ma-exhibitions


George Warman Publications (UK) Limited has since its launch in 1991 been the UK’s most trusted source of clinical content, professional articles, practical guidance and news for the dental industry. The company publishes market-leading dentistry brands including, Dental Update, The Dentist, Orthodontic Update, Dental Therapy Update and Dental Nursing. It also offers the most comprehensive CPD for dentists and dental care professionals.

Website: www.georgewarman.co.uk