Reference: Milleman JL, He T, Anastasia MK. J Dent Res 2017; 96 (Spec Iss A): Abstract 2816.
Figure. Calculus scores (VMI) per group.
N=78. *Significant difference between groups (P<0.05) using analysis of covariance.
To assess the calculus prevention benefit of an experimental stabilized SnF2 dentifrice relative to a negative control dentifrice.
- Experimental 0.454% stabilized SnF2 dentifrice (Crest® PRO-HEALTH™ Clean Mint [Smooth Formula], Procter & Gamble) with zinc to control calculus; or
- Negative control dentifrice (Colgate® Cavity Protection, Colgate-Palmolive).
Calculus build-up can lead to less efficient oral hygiene and tooth discoloration, as well as extending the time required for a dental prophylaxis. This research demonstrated a directional anti-calculus benefit for the SnF2 dentifrice relative to the control dentifrice in as early as 6 weeks. The relative benefit for the SnF2 dentifrice was even greater after 12 weeks of use. Dental professionals should consider recommending the SnF2 dentifrice for patients who form calculus, as it also improves gingival health and strengthens enamel.