Did you know that your teeth have several layers, and that the outer layers are comprised of minerals? This is one of the reasons that experts encourage us to drink our milk or get plenty of calcium through other foods. The issue with teeth is that the mineral content they have – and need – is naturally diminished when we eat. This decrease in essential minerals can occur more rapidly if the mouth becomes acidic; and the more mineral content that is lost, the greater the risk of cavities.
What do we do about Demineralization?
If you do an internet search about remineralizing teeth, you may feel overwhelmed by suggestions such as making bone broth and drinking it every day (after the 3-day cooking process!). Likewise, making your own remineralizing toothpaste out of hard-to-find ingredients may not be your cup of tea.
Fortunately, this may not even be necessary.
The body knows how to function, and how to repair itself. This applies to the mouth and our teeth, as well. The body knows that teeth will lose their minerals, which is why saliva contains substances like phosphate and calcium. The problem is, most people do not take a break from food and beverages long enough for saliva to work its magic in the mouth. When we eat and drink every few hours, the mouth remains in an acidic state and saliva has a harder time buffering the damaging effects.
How to Help your Mouth
After a meal, snack, or beverage, the best thing we can do for our teeth is to take a break of at least two hours. During this time, saliva washes over the surfaces of enamel, depositing valuable minerals that rebuild strength. To amplify the flow of saliva, the American Dental Association recommends chewing gum sweetened with xylitol.
In addition to healthy eating habits, oral care is vital to tooth mineralization. Brushing twice a day is a chore that requires mindful practice. Two full minutes should be spent on this activity, which should then be followed up with flossing. Finally, daily oral care habits are wonderfully complemented with routine dental care, which we are happy to provide.
Posted on 05/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM