Whether you know about it or not, there’s a constant battle occurring in your mouth. On one side are food particles, bacteria, and acid that work to wear away at your enamel and teeth with the eventual goal of tooth decay. On the other side are saliva, good oral hygiene, and extra reinforcements like fluoride that help keep your enamel strong.
Dental mineralization occurs when acid wears away at your enamel, resulting in the loss of minerals. Although enamel is not living and cannot repair itself, there are steps you can take to keep your enamel strong and prevent dental mineralization.
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
A good oral hygiene routine is priceless when it comes to limiting cavities and avoiding major tooth decay. If you brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and floss regularly, you can prevent bacteria from growing and producing acid that wears away at your enamel.
2. Fluoride: A Secret Weapon
When mineralization occurs, Dr. Cutting often recommends using a fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride is beneficial in this situation because it remineralizes tooth enamel. Fluoride deposits calcium and phosphate on the surface of your teeth, two minerals that help strengthen and repair enamel.
3. Monitor Your Diet
A diet that is low in sugar, acid, and starch can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Diets high in acid, like citrus, can wear away on enamel. Sugars and starches are attractive to bacteria that create acid as they break down food particles, which leads to tooth decay.
4. Visit Our Office Regularly
Beside your at-home oral care routine, the best way to ensure your teeth stay healthy is to visit us regularly at Edgewater Dental Arts for cleanings and exams. This way, Dr. Cutting and our team can keep an eye on your oral health and monitor any changes before they develop into serious problems.
To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit, contact our office today!