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VOLUME 10 , ISSUE 2 ( March, 2009 ) > List of Articles


A Randomized Clinical Trial to Compare Plaque Inhibition of a Sodium Fluoride/Potassium Nitrate Dentifrice versus a Stabilized Stannous Fluoride/ Sodium Hexametaphosphate Dentifrice

Matthew L. Barker, Philip G. Bellamy, Nichelle Khera, Trevor N. Day, Andrew J. Mussett

Citation Information : Barker ML, Bellamy PG, Khera N, Day TN, Mussett AJ. A Randomized Clinical Trial to Compare Plaque Inhibition of a Sodium Fluoride/Potassium Nitrate Dentifrice versus a Stabilized Stannous Fluoride/ Sodium Hexametaphosphate Dentifrice. J Contemp Dent Pract 2009; 10 (2):1-9.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-10-2-1

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-02-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2009; The Author(s).



To compare the plaque inhibition efficacy of a sodium fluoride/potassium nitrate (NaF/KNO3 with 1450 ppm F) test dentifrice to a 0.454% stannous fluoride/sodium hexametaphosphate/sodium fluoride positive control dentifrice (SnF2/SHMP with 1450 ppm F).

Methods and Materials

Twenty-five subjects were randomized to a two-period, two-treatment, double blind crossover sequence using NaF/KNO3 (Sensodyne® ProNamel™ dentifrice) and SnF2/SHMP (blend-a-med®* EXPERT GUMS PROTECTION dentifrice). Each treatment was conducted with a standard manual toothbrush (Oral-B® P35 Indicator). Digital plaque image analysis (DPIA) was used on three consecutive days to evaluate: (a) overnight plaque formation (A.M. pre-brushing); (b) following 40 seconds of brushing with the test product (A.M. post-brushing); and (c) mid-afternoon (P.M.). Images were analysed using an objective computer algorithm to calculate the total area of visible plaque. A four-day washout period was instituted for the crossover phase.


All 25 subjects completed the study. The SnF2/SHMP positive control dentifrice provided statistically significantly lower levels of plaque area coverage versus the NaF/KNO3 test dentifrice at each timepoint. For the SnF2/SHMP dentifrice, plaque coverage was 23.0% lower (p<0.0001) at A.M. pre-brushing, 17.3% (p=0.0163) lower at A.M. post-brushing, and 22.6% (p= 0.0004) lower at the P.M. measure relative to the NaF/KNO3 dentifrice.


The SnF2/SHMP dentifrice (blend-a-med® EXPERT GUMS PROTECTION) inhibits plaque regrowth both overnight and during the day to a significantly greater degree than the NaF/KNO3 dentifrice (Sensodyne® ProNamel™).

Clinical Significance

Dentists recommending an effective home use dentifrice for patients experiencing dentinal hypersensitivity and/or dental erosion may previously have needed to compromise on other key benefits, such as plaque control. blend-a-med® EXPERT GUMS PROTECTION is a dentifrice when integrated into an oral hygiene routine can provide a proven treatment for hypersensitivity, dental erosion, and a reduction in the regrowth of plaque.


Bellamy PG, Khera N, Day TN, Barker ML, Mussett AJ. A Randomized Clinical Trial to Compare Plaque Inhibition of a Sodium Fluoride/Potassium Nitrate Dentifrice versus a Stabilized Stannous Fluoride/ Sodium Hexametaphosphate Dentifrice. J Contemp Dent Pract 2009 March; (10)2:001-009.

* Also branded Crest® and Ipana, depending on the country.

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