First, you may not even realize that your teeth have minerals on them, let alone that they can demineralize, or that you need to remineralize them. The fact is, the enamel on our teeth is made out of minerals. When the bacteria in our mouths metabolize what we eat and drink, they produce acids that remove minerals from our enamel, which can lead to cavities.
This demineralization process happens whether you’re eating fruit, drinking coffee, or eating junk food. Demineralization happens every time we eat or drink anything that’s not neutral, such as water.
How to remineralize?
First of all, don’t believe what you read on the Internet about “remedies” for demineralization, such as coconut oil or making your own toothpaste or changing your diet to make it richer in minerals and vitamins. Because it’s actually much easier to remineralize your teeth than it might seem.
Your saliva remineralizes and protects your teeth
It’s the key ingredient for remineralizing your enamel and protecting your teeth from cavities. The minerals in saliva allow remineralization to happen because saliva contains calcium, phosphate and other agents that help buffer the acidic state.
Then why do we get cavities?
When we constantly drink and snack, we never give our mouths the chance to return to a neutral balance. So acid is constantly being produced, causing the intense state that compromises tooth health. After eating or drinking, it takes over half an hour for our mouths to go from the acidic state to the neutral state where our saliva can exercise its healing power.
All-day exposure to food and drinks causes cavities
We should actually take a two-hour break after eating a meal or finishing a drink to allow our saliva to remineralize and strengthen our teeth. And The American Dental Association (ADA) points to studies that show you can accelerate your mouth’s healing time by chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals. That’s because gum chewing helps us produce more remineralizing and tooth-protecting saliva.
Plus, brush for two minutes twice a day, floss and see your dentist for regular professional cleanings. Call today for your appointment: (304) 754-8803.