Overview

Tin (Sn) is a metal. It can exist by itself or as part of a tin compound. Tin compounds form when tin combines with other elements such as chloride, fluoride, sulfur, or oxygen. The most common form of tin in commercial products is called stannous fluoride.

People take tin by mouth for cancer.

People use tin as a mouth rinse or toothpaste for bad breath, cavities, sensitive teeth, dry mouth, gingivitis, and plaque. It is also applied to the scalp for hair loss.

Tin is used in manufacturing for canning foods.

How does it work ?

Tin fluoride seems to prevent bacteria from forming, which might prevent plaque and cavities. Tin compounds also seem to prevent the nerves around the teeth from being stimulated, which can prevent tooth sensitivity.

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