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Journal of Materials Physics and Chemistry. 2013, 1(3), 45-50
DOI: 10.12691/jmpc-1-3-4
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The Study of the Electrochemical Deterioration of Human Teeth in Oral Cavity and the Role of Saliva

Nathan Meka1, 2, , Assefa Sergawie1 and Khalid Siraj2

1Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

2Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Pub. Date: October 31, 2013

Cite this paper:
Nathan Meka, Assefa Sergawie and Khalid Siraj. The Study of the Electrochemical Deterioration of Human Teeth in Oral Cavity and the Role of Saliva. Journal of Materials Physics and Chemistry. 2013; 1(3):45-50. doi: 10.12691/jmpc-1-3-4

Abstract

This work is carried out to confirm the existence of the surface potentials in extracted tooth by electrochemical method. The surface potentials were measured between enamel crown’s buccal side and tooth root. Surface potentials examined in all the teeth in the presence of KCl. It is found that potential increased with increasing KCl concentration and after acid corroded. The results suggest that potentials can be affected by the surrounding electrolytes and establish an electrical double layer. It is also found that on passing electric current through enamel causes degradation.

Keywords:
surface potential electrochemistry corrosion enamel fluoride ion

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