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Role of pH in Remineralization and Dental Diseases

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Optimal pH levels support remineralization and oral health by helping maintain homeostasis in the oral microbiome.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of homeostasis, symbiosis and dysbiosis in the oral microbiome, and the role of saliva and oral pH levels in these processes.
  2. Explain how dietary choices and mechanical forces, including plaque removal and introducing remineralizing ions, can affect the demineralization/ remineralization of tooth structure.
  3. Discuss the importance of evidence- based recommendations in the prevention and management of dental caries and other dental diseases.

This course was issued in the September 2019 issue and expires September 2022. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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