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Re: Calcium hydroxide teeth and antimicrobial properties!


This article contradicts itself.
Each of the three paragraphs below were part of that article. I was interested particularly in references combining Calcium Hydroxide with distilled water, which has been much discussed here on this forum.

As you can see, the 3 paragraphs below contradict each other:

"Clinically, several substances have been used as vehicles for calcium hydroxide2-11,19-21 to enhance its antimicrobial action, speed of ionic dissociation and chemo-physical properties. The use of hydrosoluble vehicles (distilled water or saline solution) is controversial because when they are compared with camphorated paramonochlorophenol (oily vehicle) doubts arise regarding calcium hydroxide antimicrobial action."

"Taking into account the necessity of hydroxyl ions in order to obtain the expected effects from calcium hydroxide as an antimicrobial and mineralizing agent, it is crucial to choose pastes that maintain high pH levels and that allow its dissociation and diffusion, such as distilled water and saline solution"

"When calcium hydroxide is chosen due to its antimicrobial effectiveness, the vehicle assumes a supportive role in this process, giving calcium hydroxide some chemical characteristics (dissociation, diffusibility and filling) that are decisive to the antimicrobial potential and tissue healing capability. Based on these chemical properties, the best vehicle to be added to calcium hydroxide is the one that presents hydrosoluble characteristics such as distilled water or saline solution."

It looks to me as if the article is simply a combined conglomeration of published works, not necessarily pro or con each way, but a statement of varied findings by various groups.

However because of the contradiction quoted above, I cannot treat it as a source of useful information on Calcium Hydroxide as an antimicrobial agent.

It was pretty interesting, though.. Thanks for posting it.

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