Colgate Duraphat

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Damage to your teeth over time can create cavities or tiny holes that cause pain when you eat and drink. Colgate Duraphat is a high-fluoride toothpaste that helps to relieve pain and protect teeth from further damage. Its prescription-strength formula prevents the build up of dental plaque that leads to tooth decay. For a hassle-free way to buy Duraphat toothpaste, order online from Post My Meds and get free delivery.

We also offer the generic sodium fluoride 1.1% toothpaste at more competitive prices starting from £12.99.

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    Colgate Duraphat 5000 toothpaste contains four times the amount of fluoride found in regular toothpaste.  The active ingredient sodium fluoride prevents the buildup of plaque that can cause tooth decay and cavities (dental caries).

    Plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth leaving them feeling soft and fuzzy. It reacts with food to create acid, which wears away the teeth. Too many acid attacks can lead to tooth decay and cavities – tiny holes that cause pain when you eat and drink.

    Sodium fluoride is clinically proven to prevent tooth decay by remineralizing the tooth’s surface (enamel). Rebuilding its hard coating stops further damage and relieves the sudden, sharp pain associated with tooth sensitivity.

    The highly concentrated formula of Duraphat 5000ppm is only available with a prescription. If your dentist has suggested you use a fluoride toothpaste, it may be because you are at high risk of tooth decay. 

    Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm should be used in place of your regular toothpaste. A 2cm strip provides between three to five milligrams of fluoride.

    Brushing your teeth three times a day after meals with fluoride in the toothpaste is the best way of looking after your smile and preventing tooth decay. Your oral health is just as important as any other part of your body – investing in it today will pay off tomorrow.

    Duraphat 5000 toothpaste is not suitable for children under 16 years old. In rare cases you may experience some side effects of using fluoride toothpaste. We recommend reading the patient information leaflet carefully before you start treatment.

    Like all medicines, fluoride toothpaste can cause side effects in some people. In rare cases (less than 1 in 1000 people) it can cause an allergic reaction. Symptoms include:

    • a rash 
    • itching 
    • swelling 
    • redness

    A small number of people have also reported a burning sensation in their mouth.

    Always read the patient information leaflet before you start treatment. If you are concerned about side effects, contact your dentist or pharmacist for advice. 

    Higher concentrate fluoride toothpaste is not suitable for patients under 16. Adults and children may benefit from using a toothpaste with lower levels of fluoride.

    How long should you use Duraphat toothpaste for?

    You should continue to use Colgate Duraphat until the tube is empty or your dentist or pharmacist tells you to stop the treatment.

    We recommend brushing three times a day, preferably after meals. Use 2cms of toothpaste and brush vertically from the gum to the tip of the tooth. It should take you approximately three minutes to brush your teeth well.

    Can you buy Duraphat toothpaste over the counter?

    Duraphat is a prescription-only medication, which means you cannot buy it off the shelf in a supermarket like you would other toothpastes. This is because it contains a higher concentration of fluoride – around four times the amount of normal toothpaste.

    High-fluoride toothpaste is not suitable for everyone – it must be prescribed by a dentist or an appropriate healthcare professional, so they can check to make sure it’s safe for you to use.

    It’s easy to buy Colgate Duraphat from Post My Meds online. Simply complete an online questionnaire by selecting ‘start a consultation’ for your condition. Our prescribing pharmacists will review your answers, and if we think it’s safe for you to use Duraphat, we will process your order and dispatch it by first class post.

    What is Duraphat toothpaste used for?

    Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm is used to treat the early onset of tooth decay. Your dentist might also prescribe Duraphat if you are at high-risk of tooth decay because you have:

    • Braces fitted
    • A history of cavities (dental caries)
    • A dry mouth or you take a medication that can cause a dry mouth
    • A high-sugar diet or diabetes
    • Poor oral health and you don’t regularly visit the dentist

    High-fluoride toothpaste works by ‘remineralising’ the hard coat coating (enamel) on your teeth to prevent further damage and relieve the pain associated with tooth sensitivity.

    Where can I buy Colgate Duraphat toothpaste?

    You can buy Colgate Duraphat toothpaste from a private pharmacy, like Post My Meds. It’s quick and easy to buy online in three simple steps:

    1. Complete a short online consultation
    2. Select the toothpaste you would like if eligible
    3. Buy securely with fast delivery

    If you order before 4pm on a weekday or 11am on a Saturday, we will dispatch your order the same working day. Orders placed after this will be processed the next working day, so if you order on a Sunday, we will process your order on Monday.

    Can I use Colgate Duraphat with other fluoride treatments?

    Colgate Duraphat 5000ppm toothpaste contains concentrated fluoride and shouldn’t be used alongside other fluoride treatments. This includes fluoride drops, tablets, chewing gum, gels or varnishes, as well as water fluoridation or salt.

    Before you buy Duraphat toothpaste, check to see if your water supply is fluoridated. You can do this by contacting the supplier for your area.

    How do you use Colgate Duraphat?

    Replace your regular toothpaste with Duraphat 5000ppm, and brush three times a day after each meal. You should brush your teeth for three minutes using vertical strokes from the gum to the tip, then spit out any excess foam (try to avoid swallowing any toothpaste).

    How do I buy Colgate Duraphat online?

    You can buy Duraphat 5000 toothpaste in three easy steps:

    • Select ‘start a consultation’ on the treatment page
    • Answer a few quick questions to check your eligibility
    • Check out and pay for your order

    Orders placed before 4pm on a weekday and 11am on a Saturday will be dispatched the same day. Delivery is free, and all orders arrive in discreet packaging with no labels.

    For more information, browse our frequently asked questions. You can also download the patient information leaflet or contact our pharmacists.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Nov 02, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed May 23, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm