ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Influence of the Mineral Composition of Drinking Water Taken from Surface Water Intake in Enhancing Regeneration Processes in Mineralized Human Teeth Tissue
Ryta Łagocka1, Jolanta Sikorska-Bochińska1, Iwona Noceń2, Katarzyna Jakubowska3, Monika Góra1, Jadwiga Buczkowska-Radlińska1
 
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1Department of Conservative Dentistry,
2Department of Medical Chemistry,
3Department of Biochemistry,
Pomeranian Medical University, Powstańców Wlkp. 72, 70-111 Szczecin, Poland
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2011;20(2):411–416
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The purpose of our study was to assess whether the chemical composition of drinking water in the city of Szczecin, Poland, creates the correct environment in the oral cavity for promoting regeneration processes in the mineralized tissue of teeth.
The drinking water samples were collected from a water treatment station, as raw and treatment water, and from consumer’s water pipes. The concentration of calcium and magnesium was determined by F-AAS method, fluoride by ion-specific electrode, and pH by pH-Meter.
The average concentrations of calcium (46.9 mg/dm3), fluoride (0.73 mg/dm3), and pH level (7.46) determined in tap drinking water create a sufficient environment in the oral cavity for promoting regeneration processes in tooth mineralized tissues. Because of the low concentrations of magnesium in drinking water (14.1 mg/dm3), this element should be supplemented in a person’s diet.
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