You may have noticed that your teeth are more sensitive. Perhaps there are white spots around your teeth. You may have even tried toothpaste that are supposed to protect your teeth’s enamel, in order to try to keep it from demineralizing. That’s a great first step for healthier enamel for your teeth, but preventative maintenance is just as important.
In fact, when your teeth are first showing signs of a weaker enamel, it doesn’t mean that your enamel has already been worn away. It means that your enamel is going through a period of demineralization. This process though, fortunately, is not permanent, and steps can be taken in order to prevent your teeth from seeing further demineralization, resulting in healthier enamel for your teeth.
Several things happen when your teeth’s enamel is demineralized.
The minerals in your enamel for a slippery, protective coating over your teeth. Demineralization is the first step to tooth decay, mouth related disease, sensitive teeth, and cavities. Your teeth becomes weakened and sensitive because the dentin and root of your teeth are now exposed. Your teeth become vulnerable.
Aside from different diseases, you also expose your teeth to a rougher means of cleaning. Oral hygiene will be less effective because the surface of your teeth will be readily more susceptible to things like plaque. This will not only weaken your teeth, but also give off the impression that your teeth are grayed or yellow. Aesthetically, your teeth will be less pleasing to the eye.
Avoiding demineralization is the first step to healthier enamel for your teeth.
The first step to avoiding demineralization is watching what you eat. In the western world, there are things such as coffee, soda, citric fruits, and alcoholic beverages that will wear away at your teeth’s enamel. Unfortunately, once your enamel is gone and damage, there’s no way to bring it back. That’s why it’s so important to avoid and prevent demineralization.
You also have to watch out for your oral hygiene habits. Not caring for your teeth, including, but limited to, brushing too hard or not brushing at all, can contribute to demineralization of the enamel.
Be mindful of the way you care for your teeth and foods you allow to pass through your mouth, as acidic features of many foods will lend to the demineralization of the enamel.
One of the ways you can help your teeth is by using a special gel or toothpaste that contains flouride. For some, you may live in a place where flouride is already included in the drinking water so you naturally have a better way to have healthier enamel. Flouride is touted by dentists as a great way to make sure the enamel on your teeth is smooth and strong so it’s worth talking to your dentist about adding flouride to your oral care routine.
If you have concerns about demineralization of your teeth, feel free to contact Charlotte Emergency Dental where our dental team is readily available to help you.