Dental professionals will be prepared to advise patients about the role pH neutralization plays in maintaining oral health.:
Describe the unique and diverse microbiome of the oral cavity, and the significance of pH on homeostasis in the oral environment.
Explain how the consumption of fermentable sugars affects oral pH and disrupts the oral microbiome.
Detail how mechanical plaque removal can help maintain an alkaline environment, and how depositing remineralizing ions (fluoride, calcium and phosphate) through mechanical means increases remineralization.
Discuss the effects of salivary flow rates and salivary volume on oral biofilms, pH levels, acid neutralization, and remineralization.
Describe how sodium bicarbonate toothpaste with low abrasiveness and remineralizing ions helps to buffer acids, reduce cariogenic pathogens, and facilitate enamel remineralization.