Strategies To Restore Tooth Enamel And Avoid The Dentist’s Drill

If you could reverse tooth decay instead of having to deal with a dentist drilling out the decay and filling the cavity, wouldn’t that be great? There’s good news – with advancements in knowledge and technology, there are increasingly more effective ways of avoiding the dental drill. Several substances – including some you may already have in your home – are effective for a certain level of enamel restoration through a process known as remineralization.

Remineralization

Remineralization restores enamel that has a slight amount of decay. Your body naturally restores minerals to tooth enamel, but this may not be entirely effective, especially if you have a penchant for sugary, starchy or acidic foods. You can boost the remineralization process with a few beneficial strategies. 

Restoring your tooth enamel this way should be an ongoing process. If any area of decay becomes too substantial, a dentist will need to resolve the problem.

Fluoride

If you’re like most people, you already have fluoride toothpaste in your home. Fluoride prevents tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel and preventing bacteria from manufacturing acid that causes decay. Fluoride also helps restore deteriorating enamel by replacing minerals.

If your dentist believes you need additional fluoride treatment, he may advise you to use a fluoride rinse at home. He may want you to use a prescription-strength rinse, depending on the condition of your teeth.

You also can have a fluoride treatment done at the dental clinic. A dental hygienist will apply a fluoride gel or other solution to your teeth for a more intensive therapy.

Xylitol & Amorphous Calcium Phosphate

Dentists advise patients to chew sugar-free gum containing xylitol or amorphous calcium phosphate after eating if they cannot brush right away. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production; saliva has protective effects for the teeth. In addition, xylitol and ACP help remineralize teeth. Certain brands of toothpaste also contain ACP.

Mineral-Rich Food

You can strengthen your teeth by drinking beverages and eating foods rich in minerals. Thoroughly chewing food makes the minerals more readily available in the saliva. Chewing also enhances beneficial saliva production.

Foods and beverages containing calcium and phosphorus are especially beneficial for remineralizing teeth. Include items such as milk and other dairy products, green leafy vegetables, carrots, cauliflower and fortified cereal and soy foods. 

Concluding Thoughts

Brushing twice daily and flossing once each day go a long way toward preventing cavities from developing. Implementing additional preventive measures is even better. A program of good oral hygiene and the inclusion of remineralization strategies may keep you from needing a dental filling ever again. For more information, talk to a family dental clinic.

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