What is Recaldent™ and how does it work?

Recaldent™ is an ingredient derived from casein (pronounced kay-seen), part of the protein found in cow's milk. Its technical name is casein phosphopeptides-amorphous calcium phosphate, or CPP-ACP.

It was discovered and patented by the School of Dental Science at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and licenced exclusively to Recaldent Pty Ltd

Recaldent works to safely strengthen teeth by delivering calcium and phosphate (the building blocks of tooth enamel) in a unique soluble form to help remineralize the enamel.

Why is Remineralization important?

Remineralization is the process of replacing the essential minerals lost from teeth by demineralization.

Like bones, tooth enamel is constructed from crystals of calcium phosphate.

Demineralization occurs when the bacteria that are normally found in the mouth use the sugars and carbohydrates from the food we eat to produce acids that dissolve the tooth structure, depleting it of calcium and phosphate.

Remineralization is the reverse of demineralization and occurs when calcium and phosphate are returned to the tooth structure. Saliva can assist this process as contains calcium and phosphate.

That's why chewing sugarless gum is good for your teeth - it stimulates saliva that helps to remineralize tooth enamel. But often there's not enough calcium and phosphate in the saliva to totally replace the lost mineral, which can lead to larger and larger areas of demineralized enamel, and eventually tooth decay.

How does Recaldent™ work?

Recaldent prevents tooth decay and actually reverses it through its unique action. This makes Recaldent a valuable new tool to tackle tooth decay issues.

Recaldent acts in a unique way to deliver calcium and phosphate to the tooth enamel and thus promote remineralization, or rebuilding, of the tooth.

  1. The peptide part of Recaldent, the casein phosphopeptides or CPP, maintains calcium and phosphate in an amorphous, soluble form.
  2. The CPP bind to the surface of the tooth, and to the bacteria in plaque surrounding the tooth, thus presenting this soluble calcium phosphate at a high concentration at the tooth surface.
  3. In its amorphous, soluble form, the calcium and phosphate can penetrate into the tooth enamel and remineralize the tooth enamel.

Halting and reversing the process of tooth decay is such an important advance that Recaldent is being accepted around the world as a worthwhile ingredient.

Products that use Recaldent™: