Your teeth lose minerals every day. But they also gain back those minerals to some degree as well. If too many minerals are lost, it can lead to weak enamel and tooth decay. There are ways, though, to remineralize your teeth and make them stronger.
Saliva is the body's natural defense against bacteria. It contains enzymes that kill the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. It reduces the acid levels in your mouth. Saliva also contains minerals to heal your teeth and keep them strong.
Fluoride is an important element to strengthening enamel. Your dentist can apply fluoride treatments directly to your teeth, which will then absorb into the surface. This treatment is frequently used on children to give them a foundation for healthy permanent teeth, but they can benefit adults as well.
You can also use fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes. Oral hygiene is already crucial to preventing tooth decay, so brushing with a specialized toothpaste gives you twice the benefits. It removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth while adding fluoride. You can get trace amounts of fluoride from certain foods. It is even present in tap water, the amount regulated by the town or city.
Fluoride is not the only thing that can remineralize teeth. All kinds of foods contain the essential vitamins and minerals needed for strength. Dairy products are rich in calcium. Some nuts and seeds, as well as eggs, contain phosphorous. Dark, leafy greens contain several minerals.
Other foods, along with vitamins and minerals, clean your teeth as you eat. Crunchy fruits and vegetables - carrots, celery, apples - scrub your teeth as you chew and cause you to produce more saliva. Eating a well-balanced diet ensures that you get every nutrient necessary to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Remineralizing your teeth is critical to preventing weak enamel and tooth decay. Contact us about what you can do to make sure your teeth are getting everything they need to keep your teeth strong.