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What does the process of "remineralization" of tooth enamel consist of?
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Dr. Craig Fisk
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In brief: Rebuilding
Demineralization is when a tooth has lost its minerals (calcium, phosphorus) and is weakened.
Remineralization is when it gains it back and is restrengthened. The enamel can also trade a Fluoride atom for an oh- molecule and become even stronger than it was before. Thats why they put Fluoride in the water and in toothpaste -- sometimes a dentist may also refer to this as remineralization.

In brief: Rebuilding
Demineralization is when a tooth has lost its minerals (calcium, phosphorus) and is weakened.
Remineralization is when it gains it back and is restrengthened. The enamel can also trade a Fluoride atom for an oh- molecule and become even stronger than it was before. Thats why they put Fluoride in the water and in toothpaste -- sometimes a dentist may also refer to this as remineralization.
Dr. Craig Fisk
Dr. Craig Fisk
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In brief: Saliva is Good!
Tooth enamel is constantly being depleted by minerals when you eat acid, and minerals are constantly being deposited by saliva.
When a tooth has a weak spot, adding more minerals and creating less acid will slant the process towards more minerals into the enamel; thus 'remineralization' it takes a special kind of calcium plus, usually, Fluoride to make this happen. Ask your dentist.

In brief: Saliva is Good!
Tooth enamel is constantly being depleted by minerals when you eat acid, and minerals are constantly being deposited by saliva.
When a tooth has a weak spot, adding more minerals and creating less acid will slant the process towards more minerals into the enamel; thus 'remineralization' it takes a special kind of calcium plus, usually, Fluoride to make this happen. Ask your dentist.
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Dr. Stephen Carstensen
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