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Challenge New Insights into Fluoride Delivery from Toothpaste
New Insights into Fluoride Delivery from Toothpaste
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 287
Posted: Apr 29 2014
Challenge ID: 9933557
 
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Abstract

Fluoride (F-) toothpastes have made a significant contribution to improving oral health worldwide.  With all of the benefits, however, tooth decay remains a major quality of life factor, according to the World Health Organization.  Despite the key role of fluoride in reducing tooth decay, advances are still needed to maximize its effectiveness.  Accordingly, the Seeker desires a detailed understanding of fluoride release from toothpaste, mechanisms of fluoride reactivity, and methods for the quantification of fluoride and fluoride interactions within toothpaste and throughout the mouth during and after the brushing process.  In short, where does the fluoride in toothpaste go upon brushing?  

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Overview

Fluoride (F-) toothpastes have made a significant contribution to improving oral health worldwide.  With all of the benefits, however, tooth decay remains a major quality of life factor, according to the World Health Organization.  Despite the key role of fluoride in reducing tooth decay, advances are still needed to maximize its effectiveness.  

A detailed understanding of fluoride chemistry is one of the limitations for advancing this field.  Fluoride diffuses from the toothpaste formulation (containing ionic species, polymers, surfactants, abrasives, silica, etc.) into saliva and plaque (containing ionic species, proteins, carbohydrates, etc.) and through plaque into mineral (Calcium/phosphate).  The Seeker desires a better understanding of the speciation of fluoride across this entire spectrum; therefore, is seeking guidance on proposed F- interactions / reaction products, as well as methods and techniques for identifying and measuring reaction products.  Ideal methodology would also deliver direct analysis of fluoride interactions / reaction products on surfaces. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker.  The total payout will be $20,000, with one award being at least $7500, with no award being smaller than $5,000.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.  For more details, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement for this Challenge.  

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

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