The aim of this study was to evaluate the variation of salivary micro-crystallization saliva index (IMK) in patients with gastroesophageal reflux desease, after utilisation of a remineralization product. Materials and method. Twelve patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux were included in the study. Unstimulated saliva was collected in the same day and at the same hour for each patient. A total amount of 0.5 ml of unstimulated saliva was placed on a glass plate, dried for 30 min in a thermostate at +37oC, then analyzed on a Nikon Eclipse E 600 device. The images were saved and stored in a computer. The IMK index was determined using formula: IMK= none of the eye network points projected on crystals/ none of the eye network points projected on the entire saliva drop. All patients were subjected to dental hard tissues remineralization using Recaldent MI Paste (GC Corporation) for 3 weeks, after which the IMK index was determined for each patient. Results. The appearance of crystals formed by saliva precipitation on the plates corresponds to one of these aspects: dendrite-shaped crystals, camomile flower, multiple points, micronetwork, cube or egg-shaped forms. The mean values of the IMK
index varied from 0.4 before treatment to 0.9 after remineralization with Recaldent MI Paste. Conclusions. Recaldent MI Paste increased the
remineralization capacity of saliva when applied to patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- Recaldent MI Paste
- salivary micro-crystallization index