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Slowing down the progress of dental cavities with remineralization, how does this work?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Makes tooth stronger: Bacteria that cause cavities create an acid that pits and erodes enamel via removing minerals. Remineralization is changing the ph levels in your mouth, reducing the bacterial populations and adding a stronger mineral buildup in the enamel to prevent further acid erosion. Fluoride replaces calcium in your enamel to create a stronger enamel that resists acid attacks. This is remineralization.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Harden enamel: The enamel of the teeth gets softer and weaker from acidic foods and drinks making it more vulnerable to cavities. Adding calcium through mineralization strengthen the enamel to make it more strong and resistant to decay..

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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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