Current concepts on the theories of the mechanism of action of fluoride.

@article{Cate1999CurrentCO,
  title={Current concepts on the theories of the mechanism of action of fluoride.},
  author={Jacob Bob M Ten Cate},
  journal={Acta odontologica Scandinavica},
  year={1999},
  volume={57 6},
  pages={325-9}
}
The caries-preventive effect of fluoride is mainly attributed to the effects on demineralization/remineralization at the tooth oral fluids interface. Sub ppm levels of fluoride in saliva are effective in shifting the balance from demineralization, leading to caries, to remineralization. This is attributed to the fluoride-enhanced precipitation of calcium phosphates, and the formation of fluorhydroxyapatite in the dental tissues. Low fluoride levels are found in saliva after toothbrushing with… CONTINUE READING

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