Whether it’s from the food you eat, the beverages you consume, or your environment, your body is constantly fighting off attacks on the health of your teeth. Your enamel, the protective material that covers the surface of your teeth, is the strongest surface in your body. However, it’s not invincible!
When you consume food and drink high in sugar and starches, the bacteria in your mouth have a feast. As they break down sugars and starches into acid, the acid can begin to wear away on the surface of your enamel. Without proper oral hygiene, this can result in cavities and even tooth decay.
Saliva to the Rescue
Believe it or not, saliva is one of your body’s first lines of defense against tooth decay. Not only does saliva help keep teeth clean by washing away food particles, it also deposits minerals like calcium, phosphate, and fluoride that help your enamel stay strong.
What Is Dental Mineralization?
Enamel is not a living material, but it can be repaired through a process called dental mineralization. Through this process, enamel is strengthened. For example, if Dr. Clauser notices that your enamel is showing signs of wear and tear, he may recommend using a fluoride mouthwash. Mouthwashes, toothpastes, and other products containing fluoride promote remineralization, as they deposit the necessary minerals that can help strengthen your enamel.
To ensure that your enamel stays healthy and strong, you should limit the amount of sugar and acid in your diet. Additionally, make sure you’re using the proper technique when brushing: brush gently with a soft-bristled brush as vigorous brushing can scratch and damage enamel. Last, make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing every day.
To ask our team any questions about dental mineralization or to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today.