When you’re dealing with the effects of gingivitis—particularly bleeding gums—it’s important to choose a right toothpaste to help treat and reverse the condition. That’s why knowing exactly what to look for when deciding on which toothpaste to use is key—because active ingredients matter. So then, what is stannous fluoride? Let’s take a deeper look.

What Is Stannous Fluoride Used for in Toothpaste?

One of the main causes of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque bacteria. If the buildup isn’t removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can irritate the gums, leading to red, swollen, and bleeding gums, also known as gingivitis. Stannous fluoride is an antimicrobial ingredient (chemical compound) that helps inhibit plaque bacteria buildup in the mouth. With twice daily brushing, its antimicrobial activity improves gum health by helping to prevent the plaque bacteria from coming back.


That’s why it’s an active ingredient in parodontax, a toothpaste specially formulated with stannous fluoride, making it 3X more effective at removing plaque than regular toothpastes.* In addition to removing and killing plaque bacteria, it also helps prevent dental cavities, and is clinically proven to help reduce bleeding gums.

Benefits of Stannous Fluoride

Stannous fluoride toothpastes, like parodontax, offer benefits that include:

  • inhibit plaque buildup
  • help prevent bleeding gums
  • improve gum health
  • freshen breath
  • strengthen teeth and keep the seal between the gums and teeth tight
What Is Stannous Fluoride?

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Stannous Fluoride Toothpaste and Tooth Staining

When it comes to toothpastes with stannous fluoride, the concern used to be that they had somewhat of an unpleasant taste and the potential to stain your teeth. However, since 2006, new formulations have been created that both taste good and no longer run the risk of staining teeth. That’s true of parodontax too, since it’s specially formulated to help prevent staining.


So, if you’re looking for a toothpaste that offers protection against more than just cavities, be sure to go with one that contains stannous fluoride.


*compared to a sodium monofluorophospate toothpaste and professional cleaning

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