In addition to brushing and flossing, remineralization is a great way to strengthen teeth that have been damaged due to everyday life. The best part is that the body accomplishes much of this on its own. You just need to encourage it. In this article, we’ll discuss how.
The Demineralization and Remineralization Cycle
Every day, your teeth get saturated in substances that cause demineralization. Demineralization weakens the tooth’s enamel making it easier for certain substances to enamel loss. Substances like acidic food or drinks, bacteria, and alcohol contribute to the loss of enamel in your teeth. With sustained exposure to acidic substances and bacteria, enamel loss can eventually lead to cavities, tooth rot, and tooth loss. Even age can contribute to the loss of enamel in your teeth. This is called demineralization.
Luckily, the antidote the demineralization is remineralization. Remineralization occurs naturally by enzymes in your saliva that fortify your teeth. The goal of remineralization is to restore the enamel that has been lost due to normal (or even abnormal) wear and tear. Yet if your teeth have already lost a substantial amount of enamel, natural remineralization may not be enough to restore the teeth.
The problem with demineralization is that the more demineralization that has occurred, the more susceptible your teeth are to demineralization. Sufficiently mineralized teeth are less vulnerable to mouth bacteria and acids that naturally cause demineralization.
Demineralization, if less unremedied, can result in tooth pain, sensitivity to cold, and if the process isn’t reversed, it can lead to tooth loss. Your best weapon against demineralization is your own saliva which is in a constant state of breaking down food and weeding out harmful bacteria and neutralizing acid that causes demineralization.
But sometimes saliva alone is not enough. If the demineralization process occurs faster than the remineralization process repairs it, then your teeth are at risk of rotting out.
How to Encourage Teeth Remineralization in Sedona
Regardless of whether you remineralize your teeth at home or at the dentist’s office, the process will require fluoride. Fluoride combines with calcium and phosphate to form fluorapatite which is an even stronger barrier against tooth decay.
Dentists can administer fluoride treatments, apply sealants, or use remineralization products such as MI paste. While you can purchase fluoride products at home, dentists use chemicals with a much higher fluoride concentration than those available over the counter. These treatments are done periodically to ensure the complete remineralization of your teeth.
Other remedies include sealants and MI paste. Sealants are used to protect the existing enamel from future decay. They are applied directly to the tooth. MI paste uses a non-fluoride material that binds to plaque creating its own protective barrier.
Has Demineralization Impacted Your Oral Health?
There’s only one way to find out! Call Peak Family Dental Care today and schedule an appointment. We will investigate the state of your enamel and recommend a course of treatment if necessary. Call today to find out more!