Flashcards in tooth composition Deck (7)
what do teeth consist of?
calcium phosphatase crystals held together by a protein matrix
what is the mineral component in teeth known as?
what is tooth erosion?
the direct effect of acid in the diet on our teeth
how to do chelating agents aid tooth decay?
they bind to calcium ions preventing remineralsation
in which way does fluoride reduce caries?
it stimulates remineralisation, reduces enamel solubility at low pH, inhibits baterial metabolism of carbohydrates
when fluoride combines with hydroxyapatite it forms a complex known as?