Don’t you sometimes wish you could go back in time & correct or change some life decisions that you made? Unfortunately, or fortunately, you can’t turn back time. But, you can turn back, or reverse decay – a process called remineralizing.
Remineralizing your teeth is a way of repairing the damage that has already been done and actually restoring your teeth’s nutrition & health.
What Does It Mean to Remineralize Your Teeth?
Let’s start with the problem. Demineralization occurs when the outer layer of the tooth dissolves. This can be due to decay & the loss of important minerals such as calcium & phosphate.
Remineralization is thus the reversal of calcium loss & decay in the teeth.
Can It Be Done Naturally?
Remineralizing of the teeth is a process that usually happens naturally. The saliva in your mouth has the ability to neutralize acid in the body. The balanced Ph levels will prevent decay. Saliva is rich in minerals needed to remineralize teeth such as phosphate & calcium.
If the minerals & saliva aren’t able to balance naturally any longer you can follow these non-invasive steps to remineralize your teeth:
- Take your vitamins: Take a multivitamin daily that contains vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc & iron.
- Avoid sugar: Avoid eating food high in sugar to prevent cavities & demineralization.
- Oral care: Forgot to floss this morning? This is a step often skipped or seen as unimportant. Flossing will prevent decay between teeth & in hard to reach places. Brush your teeth twice daily & floss using the correct routine.
If you find it hard to floss using a string, try using a water flosser. String often lead to bleeding gums and are not very comfortable for people with sensitive teeth.
Food & Vitamins That Can Help with Remineralizing Your Teeth
Your diet has a major effect on the health of your teeth & gums so these guidelines are essential:
- Phytic acid: Decrease phytic acid rich foods in your diet as it can cause a decrease in other important minerals you need for healthy teeth. Food high in phytic acid includes beans, nuts, seeds.
- Know your food: You’ve heard it a million times before: Food high in sugar will cause decay if left on the tooth’s surface. You know the obvious high sugar content food but don’t forget about milk, dried fruit, pasta & bread.
- Food to include: Include food in your diet that’ll work as a natural buffer to remove plaque. You can eat fresh food such as apples, carrots, & celery daily.
Different vitamins offer different benefits to keep your teeth healthy. These are quite powerful:
- Calcium & Magnesium: They work together to build enamel on your teeth. Food high in these minerals include spinach & cheese.
- Zinc & Iron: These minerals—found in red meat and pork—increase oxygen levels in your teeth that’ll prevent infection.
- Phosphorus: Phosphorus you’ll find in turkey and it can replace lost minerals in the teeth.
- Vitamine D: Vitamine D helps the body to digest and use calcium. For this, you can eat fish & sunflower seeds.
What Other Ways Are There?
But this problem isn’t always your fault. Demineralized teeth can result from health conditions such as reflux or a chronic dry mouth.
If you’re experiencing frequent reflux or heartburn you’ll have a higher acid build up in the stomach that can affect your teeth. The solution: Get the correct anti-acid medication from your doctor.
If you have dry mouth symptoms (Xerostomia) due to an illness such as Parkinson’s or because of prescribed medication such as anti-depressants you’ll need to increase the saliva ratio in your mouth. Luckily you can treat it:
- Medication: Some medication can increase the production of saliva in the mouth. This might still however not be enough as you can’t take too much of these prescribed drugs.
- H²O: Hydrate your gums, teeth & internal organs by increasing your daily water intake.
- Bey-Bey soft drinks: Exclude sugary carbonated drinks from your diet.
Now let’s help you remineralize your teeth:
- Remineralizing toothpaste: You can make use of toothpaste that’s specifically formulated to restore the minerals in your teeth.
- Dental treatment: Your dental hygienist or dentist can put minerals back into your teeth such as applying fluoride for extended periods.
- Over the counter: Some over the counter products claim to help with this process but ask your doctor for insight.
Remineralizing can be seen as a second chance to correct dental mistakes you’ve made in the past. It’s great to know there’s something you can do to improve your teeth’s condition.
But do you know what’s even better? Not having to fix any damage at all! Follow the steps mentioned above daily & you’ll have no teeth problems to correct in the first place.
Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.