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Whitlockite

Phosphate mineral

Whitlockite is a mineral, an unusual form of calcium phosphate )(PO4)6PO3OH It is a relatively rare mineral but is found in granitic pegmatites caves and in chondrite It was first described in 1941 and named for Herbert Percy Whitlock (1868–1948), American mineralogist, Curator, American Museum of Natural History, New York City

With regards to periodontal , magnesium whitlockite comprises one component of many of the inorganic content of calculus. It is found primarily in subgingival calculus (as opposed to supragingival calculus). It is also found more in posterior as opposed to anterior regions of the oral cavity.

Identification

Color of mineral

Grey
White
Pink
Yellow

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.629
1.626

Luster ( interacts light )

Resinous
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Trigonal