Dr. Molar DMD

Elias Papakostas

Compound: NaF - Sodium Fluoride

Molar Mass: 41.98871 g/mol


NaF, or sodium fluoride, is a common ingredient that you use bright and early every day(hopefully). Sodium fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent dental decay as well as being a fluoride supplement. It is the main ingredient in toothpaste and helps to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Interesting Story:

In 2013 the UK made 12 billion pounds from selling chemicals to 27 countries that are on the FCO's(Foreign Office) list of human rights concern, such as Syria. It was later discovered that the primary chemical was sodium fluoride, which would have been inconsequential, but given the concerns over human rights violation and the ability to produce nerve gas from the fumes of the compound many were left questioning the ethics of the contractors.

Physical Properties:

Completely Odorless

Melting Point: 993°C

Boiling Point: 1704°C

Chemical Properties:


Decomposes at high temperatures to produce corrosive and/or toxic fumes.

Works Cited

"Sodium Fluoride.". N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2014.

<http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/summary/summary.cgi cid=5235#x27>.

"Sodium fluoride." WebElements Periodic Table of the Elements. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. <http://www.webelements.com/compounds/sodium/sodium_fluoride.html>.

Bowden, David. "Britain's Chemical Sales To Syria Revealed." Sky News. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. <http://news.sky.com/story/1116687/britains-chemical-sales-to-syria-revealed>.