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Dental caries results when acids produced by bacteria (i.e., S. mutans) demineralise tooth structure below the tooth surface. Over 90% of the population have had dental caries. Fluoride is commonly used to protect against dental caries by inhibiting demineralization and enhancing remineralisation of partially demineralisedenamel. When fluoride is incorporated in the tooth structure, it results in a stronger mineral that is less soluble than the original mineral.Regular dental plaque removal by tooth brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is a convenient way to provide anticaries protection.
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