Effect of fluoride concentration on remineralization of carious enamel: an in vitro pH-cycling study

Caries Res. 1990;24(3):174-80. doi: 10.1159/000261262.


An in vitro pH-cycling experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of fluoride concentration on enamel demineralization and remineralization. Artificial caries lesions were formed in an acid-buffered solution and subjected daily to a 3-hour acid attack, a 5-min immersion in the test NaF solution (0, 1, 250, 500, 1,000, 1,750 and 2,500 ppm F), and to 21 h in an artificial saliva. Changes in mineral content were assessed weekly for 5 weeks using microradiography/microdensitometry. The lesions in the control group (0 ppm F) and the 1-ppm F group demineralized. Remineralization was significantly higher in the 500-ppm F group compared to the 250-ppm F group. However, higher fluoride concentrations did not produce any further significant increase in remineralization. Laminations were apparent in lesions subjected to the 250- and 500-ppm F solutions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bicuspid
  • Densitometry / statistics & numerical data
  • Dental Caries / metabolism*
  • Dental Caries / therapy
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Microradiography
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sodium Fluoride / administration & dosage*
  • Sodium Fluoride / therapeutic use
  • Tooth Remineralization / methods*


  • Sodium Fluoride