Remineralizing Your Teeth isn’t as Challenging as it may Seem


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.


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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.