Preventing Enamel Decalcification

What is enamel decalcification?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As the decalcification progresses, the enamel begins to break down and a cavity can result.

Why should you care?

  1. Teeth with decalcification scars look like they have white or brown scars and do not look as nice as healthy teeth.
  2.  It costs a lot and is quite invasive to have your dentist restore decalcified teeth so they look good again.
  3. The scarring and cavitation of the enamel is usually permanent.

What can you do to prevent it?

  1.  Carefully brush and floss and remove all plaque from the teeth and gums. This removes bacteria.
  2.  Stay away from consumption of soda pop and candy since it's all sugar.
  3.  Have fruit juices in moderation.
  4.  Swish with water after you eat sugary foods.
  5.  Brush teeth regularly and thoroughly after eating and before bedtime.
  6.  Rinse with fluoride daily before bedtime. Fluoride tends to strengthen the enamel and makes the teeth more resistant to decalcification.