sodium fluoride

noun

: a poisonous crystalline salt NaF that is used in trace amounts in the fluoridation of drinking water and toothpastes, in metallurgy, as a flux, and as a pesticide

Examples of sodium fluoride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the packaging, this could look like sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, or sodium monofluorophosphate. Jessica Booth, Parents, 10 Mar. 2024 Created by dentists, Spotlight’s key ingredient is sodium fluoride to protect against cavities and strengthen enamel. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 This toothpaste features hydrated silica to remove stains and has the key ingredient sodium fluoride to prevent cavities and strengthen enamel. Danielle Zoellner, Verywell Health, 31 Jan. 2023 Additionally, the toothpaste is formulated with sodium fluoride, which works well to strengthen the enamel and prevent cavities. Danielle Zoellner, Verywell Health, 31 Jan. 2023 Sunlit Chemical, which turns 50 this year, also produces sodium fluoride for the dental industry and chemicals for other uses, including in the solar and steel-manufacturing industries. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 20 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sodium fluoride was in 1869

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“Sodium fluoride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20fluoride. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sodium fluoride

noun
: a salt that is added in tiny amounts to drinking water and toothpastes to prevent tooth decay

Medical Definition

sodium fluoride

noun
: a poisonous crystalline salt NaF that is used in trace amounts in the fluoridation of drinking water, toothpastes, and oral rinses and in metallurgy, as a flux, as an antiseptic, and as a pesticide see luride

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