Remineralization Matters: Do you know why?
Sometimes, however, natural remineralizing falls behind bacteria multiplication and the mouth needs help. Chewing, salivating and cheese all affect remineralization. Do you know how?
Remineralization is the process of re-growing tooth enamel.
Cementum is the thick, hard layer that fills the tooth below the enamel coating.
It's important to keep your mouth dry while teeth remineralize so the mineral bonds will attach.
Demineralization happens rarely and is a result of extreme wear-and-tear of the tooth enamel.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes and recommends chewing gum as a help for remineralization.
Eating cheese demineralizes teeth fast.
Citrus fruits are damaging to tooth enamel.
A protein in milk called capsaicin helps remineralize teeth.
Casein is a protein in milk that has been shown to increase demineralization.
Casein phosphopeptides-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) is a naturally occurring chemical in spit.
Dentists have technologies for re-growing teeth, but the cost is too high for regular use.
Saliva has healing properties for skin as well as teeth.
Dry mouth leads to increased demineralization.
Dental pulp is hard until it decays and turns soft.
Getting fluoride to teeth in a systemic way means injecting it at the roots.
To remineralize is the same as to re-enamel.
Eating lots of small, sugary meals throughout the day is less damaging to teeth than ingesting a lot of sugar in one sitting.
Brushing teeth decreases the natural remineralizing power of saliva.
Diet soda is NOT likely to increase demineralization.
Tooth remineralization and regeneration may someday replace the need for dental drills.