I never suggest substitutions for the real deal products. In the case of ACT there are many subtle differences between it and other kinds that may look alike.
In my mind ACT contains a perfect blend of ingredients (I wish it were colorless and did not have sorbitol maybe in the future they will make a clear one unsweetened or sweetened with xylitol!) It has the perfect dilution and ACT contains sodium fluoride (this is the most stable and well tested of all fluoride compounds). What makes the original ACT so good is that it contains other special ingredients. These ingredients seem to add a “cling’ to the solution.
These so-called “inactive ingredients” seem to make it work better than sodium fluoride alone. I would always suggest ACT rinse over the stronger gels and pastes that many dentists recommend. The ingredients in ACT may work so well because they help ACT to linger long on the tooth surface in the little dips and crevices of your tooth surface. I think that rinses get the product were it needs to be better than the gels and pastes.
The longer a dilute solution of 0.05 sodium fluoride is in contact with the tooth surface, the better job it will do of strengthening and repairing your tooth. This is why you should not eat or drink after using the ACT preferably use last thing at night or at least a half hour before eating or drinking.
I tried Equate and some other “similar” products and I do not believe they will work the same.
I do not like the new Restore products either and they also contain alcohol.
My advice stick with the one we know works well. I have suggested patients use the mint ACT for decades and seen the greatest results! This is what I am my own family use all the time.
I have absolutely no affiliation with this product.
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