Sodium fluoride, a toxic inorganic composite of sodium and fluorine, is manufactured by neutralizing hexafluoro silicic acid and hydrofluoric acid with sodium hydroxide. It is organized as a source of fluoride ion for a number of applications such as dental products, insecticides and pesticides, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, glass etchants, preservatives, and reagents, among others. Sodium fluoride is mainly used to avoid tooth decay in children older than six months and used particularly in areas where the composition of fluoride is low in drinking water.
In developing countries, the incidence of dental caries such as tooth decay, an infectious and multifactorial disease, is high. Sodium fluoride, owing to its anti-cariogenic properties, is used to delay, slow down, and arrest the development of existing dental caries. Increasing demand for water treatment, electroplating, pesticides and insecticides, and foundry flux are projected to drive market growth in coming years.
Pharmaceutical applications are expected to drive the growth of the sodium fluoride market during the forecast period, owing to increasing health awareness and growing incidents of diseases, which are expected to surge the demand for sodium fluoride in medical imaging and medicine.
With rapid population growth, there is an increasing focus on enhancing crop productivity and quality, which is expected to upsurge the use of pesticides and insecticides and, in turn, positively impact the demand for sodium fluoride from the agrochemicals sector. Sodium fluoride is also used in municipal wastewater treatment and as an anticoagulant in several industries. The compound is added with a variety of chemicals for diverse applications; for instance, sodium fluoride is used as a reagent in fluorocarbon manufacturing. It is also extensively used for the combination and extraction of several metal products and metals in the metallurgy industry.
The global sodium fluoride market can be segmented by grade, application, and region.
On the basis of grade, the market can be segmented into food grade, pharmaceutical grade, and industrial grade. The pharmaceutical grade segment is expected to account for a prominent market share, owing to the increasing demand for sodium fluoride from medicines, dental products, and medical imaging.
On the basis of application, the market can be segmented into dental product, water treatment, insecticides & pesticides, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and others. The pharmaceuticals segment is projected to hold a significant market share, owing to the increasing health awareness and rising incidence of diseases.
Geographically, the global sodium fluoride market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.
Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global sodium fluoride market during the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for dental products and rapid industrialization. Increasing consumer awareness and protests against the harmful effects of industrial and municipal wastewater contaminated with human waste have compelled authorities to implement stringent regulations governing the release of treated wastewater, which in turn is accelerating the growth of wastewater treatment chemicals such as sodium fluoride.
North America is projected to account for the largest market share, owing to the extensive use of sodium fluoride in water treatment and dental care. Latin America is expected to grow at an exponential rate with Brazil accounting for the largest market share in the region, owing to the widespread use of sodium fluoride in toothpaste. Moreover, 90% of Brazil’s population uses calcium carbonate/MFP-based (CaCO3/MFP) toothpaste.
In Africa, most toothpaste companies use sodium fluoride in manufacturing, and it is observed that toothpaste with no sodium fluoride content are priced higher than their counterparts.
Europe is expected to witness sluggish market growth, owing to the poor-quality research in the region. In France, The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products suspended the use of fluoride in products used for the treatment of osteoporosis. The U.K. government is focusing on research and development to manufacture more amount of sodium fluoride, which will help the sodium fluoride market to grow in the region.
Some of the key players in the global sodium fluoride market include Prayon S.A. (Belgium), Solvay (Belgium), Orica Limited (Australia), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), Crystran ltd. (U.K.), Anron Chemical Co (India), Hunan Guangcheng Chemical Industry Development Co. Ltd (China), Shandong Xingfu New Material Co., Ltd (China), Spectrum Chemical MFG Corp (U.S.), Jay Intermediates and Chemicals (India), Fluorochemicals (India), American Elements (U.S.), Avantor (U.S.), and Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co. Ltd (DFD) (China).