Quantitative light-induced fluorescence to measure enamel remineralization in vitro

J. Gomez, I. A. Pretty, R. P. Santarpia, B. Cantore, A. Rege, I. Petrou, R. P. Ellwood, Juliana Gomez Bulla

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    The aim of this study was to compare the ability of quantitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF) and surface microhardness (SMH) to measure the remineralization of enamel subsurface lesions, using a pH-cycling model including treatment with 0-ppm, 550-ppm or 1,100-ppm sodium fluoride (NaF) dentifrices. Methods: Subsurface lesions were created in human enamel specimens (n = 36) and exposed to a remineralization pH-cycling model for 14 days. The pH-cycling model was performed in an automated system where specimens were subjected to a demineralizing solution for 20 min and treatment for 1 min and were then remineralized for 7 h 39 min, 3 times daily. The treatments consisted of 3 NaF, silica-containing dentifrices (0 ppm F; 550 ppm F; 1,100 ppm F). The outcome variables were: change from baseline in surface hardness and percentage change from baseline in fluorescence. An ANCOVA explored differences between different treatment groups (at the p <0.05 level). Associations between QLF and SMH were evaluated using Spearman's correlation coefficient. Results: The percentage SMH changes were 14.9 ± 2.1%, 56.6 ± 9.6% and 103.9 ± 14.6% for the 0-, 550- and 1,100-ppm F dentifrices, respectively. The percentage fluorescence changes were 15.6 ± 7.1%, 59.8 ± 11.9% and 85 ± 13.2%, respectively. The differences between all pairwise comparisons were statistically significant for both methods (p = 0.001). QLF correlated with SMH (r = 0.67). Conclusions: Both the SMH and QLF methods demonstrated a significant F dose response for toothpaste in this in vitro remineralization model, and both methods were able to distinguish treatments with different F levels. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-227
    Number of pages4
    JournalCaries Research
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Fluoride
    • Quantitative light-induced fluorescence
    • Remineralization
    • Surface microhardness


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