I think that remineralization should be the first line of defense against tooth decay after cavity prevention.This involves eating the right diet to support remineralization, taking any supplements necessary to improve dental health, and, of course, staying informed about current dental health research and best practices.
Why are we going to get cavities?
In order to create the ideal environment for cavity formation, naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth must attach to the tooth’s outer layer and start digesting food sugars. The bacteria will then produce a plaque called colorless waste that protects the bacteria and supports their continued growth. (Brushing and flossing interfere with this process of plaque formation.
In addition, the minerals that form a very hard substance called tartar in our saliva bond with the plaque. A professional must carefully remove this tartar, but meanwhile it starts dissolving the calcium in the tooth.
This process, called demineralization, erodes the calcium rods that make up our teeth’s hard outer layer, opening up tiny cracks that allow bacteria to enter and cause decay.
Naturally healing cavities: if you feel discouraged about your current diet and your risk of cavity formation, don’t be! As I mentioned, tooth decay can be reversed through a process known as remineralization— although there are some facets of this process that need to be addressed and understood clearly.
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