Strong teeth are vital to a healthy mouth. To ensure your teeth are as healthy as they can be, it’s important that you keep your enamel strong. But what if your teeth have been demineralized? Here, we’ll explain what demineralization and remineralization are, and how you can promote a strong and healthy smile.
Demineralization is the process by which your teeth lose vital mineral content due to the presence of plaque bacteria, tooth decay (or cavities), and leftover starchy and sugary food particles in the mouth. This leads to a decrease in your salivary flow, the removal of minerals from your enamel, and white spots to appear on your teeth.
Remineralization is the process of rebuilding the minerals in your teeth that were lost when the bacteria and food particles began to soften and dissolve your enamel. Below are ways to encourage remineralization of your teeth:
Saliva is a vital tool in remineralizing your teeth. It naturally contains enzymes that cleanse your teeth of common oral bacteria and germs, and strengthens your teeth by depositing minerals like fluoride, calcium, and phosphorus ions back into your enamel. Saliva also creates the right environment for remineralization to occur by reducing the acid levels in your mouth and maintaining your mouth’s pH levels at a neutral state. To encourage saliva production:
While saliva is the most important aspect of the remineralization process, diet and oral hygiene are tied for second. Follow these tips for a remineralization boost:
Another vital aspect of the remineralization process is coming in for regular checkups and cleanings every six months so we can ensure your teeth are healthy, strong, and squeaky clean. Contact us to schedule your next appointment!