Tooth Remineralization


 

Tooth remineralization is nothing new. It happens every day in our mouths. The outer layer of the teeth (enamel) repairs itself with remineralization. 

Demineralization is a natural process where minerals are lost from the tooth enamel when normal bacteria in the mouth produce acids. The degree to which we lose minerals can be affected by the sugary and acidic food and beverages we consume. Limiting those types of food, rinsing the mouth afterward, and having good oral hygiene are important. 

Saliva plays a major role in protecting and repairing tooth enamel. Saliva contains calcium, phosphorus, and fluoride ions as well as works to neutralize acids and wash away food particles. 

Demineralization can cause white spots, but more commonly, cavities to develop. If demineralization is caught early, products such as fluoride toothpaste, fluoride mouth rinses, and professional fluoride treatments can help the remineralization process. Dental sealants may also help protect tooth enamel. 

If professional remineralization is needed, a special solution will be applied to condition the teeth and make them more viable to remineralize. A special mixture of calcium and phosphate are spread on the teeth and allowed to absorb. Remineralization may require more than one treatment. 

The best way to avoid demineralization is proactive prevention, preventing tooth decay before it starts. Tucson Premier Smiles can assess whether you need professional remineralization.

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Tucson Premier Smiles
2910 N Swan Rd, Suite 107
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: 520-216-4754
Fax: 520-747-0048

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