Preventing Enamel Decalcification
What is enamel decalcification?
- This is what happens to tooth enamel when the tooth is in contact with too much acid from soda pop or acid produced by bacteria in dental plaque.
- Calcium and other minerals are removed from the enamel and the natural color of the tooth begins to change, usually to an opaque white. This is the beginning of a cavity.
- As the decalcification progresses, the enamel begins to break down and a cavity can result.
Why should you care?
- Teeth with decalcification scars look like they have white or brown scars and do not look as nice as healthy teeth.
- It costs a lot and is quite invasive to have your dentist restore decalcified teeth so they look good again.
- The scarring and cavitation of the enamel is usually permanent.
What can you do to prevent it?
- Carefully brush and floss and remove all plaque from the teeth and gums. This removes bacteria.
- Stay away from consumption of soda pop and candy since it's all sugar.
- Have fruit juices in moderation.
- Swish with water after you eat sugary foods.
- Brush teeth regularly and thoroughly after eating and before bedtime.
- Rinse with fluoride daily before bedtime. Fluoride tends to strengthen the enamel and makes the teeth more resistant to decalcification.