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remineralize,

v the replacement of depleted mineral content of bones and teeth. It is a naturally occurring process by the minerals contained in saliva. It may be promoted by certain dental treatments in the dental office and by the patient at home.
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In people who don't have saliva, it's critical to supply the calcium and phosphate, either as a rinse or as a toothpaste, to remineralize the teeth.
Some people simply produce abnormally low levels of saliva, or their saliva may not remineralize well.
School of dentistry invents dental fillings that kill bacteria and remineralize the tooth.
Several products are now available to slow the progression of caries and remineralize enamel subsurface lesions.
Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol, a substance that occurs in nature, three to five times a day can help to remineralize decay.
Their discovery could lead to toothpastes, mouth rinses, and even chewing gums that remineralize teeth.
Fluoride only helps to remineralize the teeth but can also cause toxic side effects, such as dental fluorosis in children and a likely increase in bone fractures in people who are exposed to elevated levels over a lifetime.
Demin-eralized enamel can remineralize if they remain in contact with appropriate levels of fluoride; therefore, a prescription was written for fluoride dentifrice.
Xylitol also increases saliva and its pH level, which helps remineralize tooth enamel and fight plaque buildup," says Dr.
Fluoride-releasing devices that can be placed between teeth to direct a high concentration of fluoride to a specific area to help remineralize early cavities.
In addition, Chow says, several researchers are trying to harness the technique's ability to remineralize teeth as a means of repairing teeth in the early stages of decay.