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
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.
The peptide part of Recaldent,
the casein phosphopeptides or CPP, maintains calcium and
phosphate in an amorphous, soluble form.
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.
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.