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The vital role remineralization plays in preventive dentistry

What is remineralization?

Cross-section of Tooth Structure

The oral environment endures a constant cycle of mineral loss and gain, referred to respectively as demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization can lead to caries and hypersensitivity. Remineralization occurs when saliva (charged with fluroide, calcium and phosphate ions) deposits a hydroxyapatite-like layer on the demineralized portions of the tooth5,6.

What causes demineralization?

  • Acidic beverages (soda and sports drinks)
  • Whitening and orthodontic procedures
  • Reduced salivary flow from prescription medicines
  • Sugars in the presence of biofilm

The Caries Imbalance

What are the effects of demineralization?

Demineralization can expose tooth surface tubules, which may cause dentin hypersensitivity or can lead to caries.5,6

Unique NovaMin® technology

What is NovaMin®?

NovaMin® is a synthetic active ingredient used in professional dental products. It's a breakthrough technology in the form of a white powder that's found in NUPRO® extra care prophy paste. NovaMin® amplifies the natural protective and repair mechanisms of saliva. It's effectiveness in achieving desensitization has been proven extensively in a range of clinical and scientific studies3, including two published clinical studies1,2.

How NovaMin Works

The Technical Breakdown3

NovaMin® is comprised of calcium, sodium, phosphorous, and silicon, which are all natural elements normally found in the tooth. It's identified chemically as Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate. The NovaMin® 3 step process leads to the formation of hydroxyapatite-like crystals.

NovaMin Comes Into Contact With Saliva

NovaMin® Technology Comparison

The advantages over other technologies is clear7

Compared with other technologies, NovaMin® provides enhanced calcium and excellent fluoride release. That's because it activates in water quickly and efficiently -- rather than in acid or by mechanical agitation like competing technologies. The result is more effective formation of hydroxyapatite-like crystals. So your patients get a stronger, more acid-resistant protective layer to protect their teeth, and to help ensure their comfort and dental health.3,4

NovaMin Advantages

NovaMin Advantages

NovaMin® technology passes the Acid Test

In an in vitro study:7

  • NUPRO® extra care prophylaxis paste exhibited near-complete tubule occlusion after 5 minutes.
  • Sustained tubule occlusion after 5 minutes on teeth treated with NUPRO® extra care prophy paste and an acidic substance (orange juice or cola).
  • Other products showed no tubule occlusion in 5 minutes at any stage of control or acid trials.

Average pH values: orange juice, 3.85; cola®, 2.48.
*Other products studies included Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ with Pro-Argin™ Technology, Enamel Pro® Prophylaxis Paste, Clinpro™ 5000 1.1% Sodium Fluoride Anti-Cavity Toothpaste, and MI™ Paste Plus.

Tubule Occlusion