Why does tooth decay start when pH of mouth falls lower than 5.5

Asked by sonali221994 | 31st Jan, 2010, 01:50: PM

Expert Answer:

Tooth decay starts when the pH of the mouth is lower than 5.5. Tooth enamel, made up of calcium phosphate is the hardest substance in the body. It does not dissolve in water, but is corroded when the pH in the mouth is below 5.5. Bacteria present in the mouth produce acids by degradation of sugar and food particles remaining in the mouth after
eating.

Answered by  | 1st Feb, 2010, 09:21: AM

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