Project ID iCASE2024_07_CM-HD


Co Supervisor 1A Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial SciencesWebsite

Co Supervisor 1B Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial SciencesWebsite

Additional Supervisor Richard Lynch

Partner Haleon

Creating a physiologically relevant in-vitro model of dental erosion

Oral bioactives effectively prevent disease, enhance natural repair and maintain health of the oral hard-tissues. However, their residence time in the mouth at effective concentrations is limited. In vitro models can guide the development of oral care formulations with improved oral substantivity. However, the physiological relevance of many existing models is limited. Further, understanding of the mechanisms involved, particularly with respect to metal ions, is limited, which hinders formulation development. We will develop more realistic models for dental erosion including salivary pellicle or an analogue (year 1), along with a more comprehensive characterisation of chemical and physical changes occurring in the enamel substrate (year 2), and the nature of mineral deposited at the enamel surface (years 2 and 3). The data will be used concurrently, with existing understanding of formulation excipients, to develop oral care formulations with enhanced delivery characteristics.

Representative Publications

1. CARPENTER, G. H., BOZORGI, S., VLADESCU, S., FORTE, A. E., MYANT, C., POTENENI, R. V., REDDYHOFF, T. & BEIER, S. K. 2019. A study of saliva lubrication using an compliant oral mimic. Food Hydrocolloids, 92, 10-18.
2. GIBBINS, H. L., PROCTOR, G. B., YAKUBOV, G. E., WILSON, S. & CARPENTER, G. H. 2014. Concentration of salivary protective proteins within the bound oral mucosal pellicle. Oral Diseases, 20, 707-713.
3. MUTAHAR, M., CARPENTER, G., BARTLETT, D., GERMAN, M. & MOAZZEZ, R. 2017. The presence of acquired enamel pellicle changes acid-induced erosion from dissolution to a softening process. Scientific Reports, 7.

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2. Zhang J, Lynch RJM, Watson TF, Banerjee A. Remineralisation of enamel white spot lesions pre-treated with chitosan in the presence of salivary pellicle. J Dent 2018: 72: 21-28.
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