Monosodium Phosphate is a compound of the sodium and phosphate counterion elements. It is often used medicinally as a laxative. It is a common ingredient in dental products, due to its qualities for restoring enamel. The element is regularly mixed with other chemicals to aid in cavity prevention. Oral MP is available in food grade tablets, as a supplemental diet aid for those needing added phosphorus. Many horses are given monosodium phosphate as an extra supplement for their diet. When used for oral health, it is most often dissolved in water, to help prevent tooth and gum disease, and restore enamel.
Medicinally it can be used as a laxative, and is sometimes given before surgical procedures. Higher than the recommended dose of this supplement can harm the kidneys, so it is recommended to consult a physician before taking oral tablets. Most often, it is available in powered or crystal form, and is odorless and colorless.