Dental Care

Reversing Tooth Decay

Reversing tooth decay: Is it possible? You have one smile in this life and you want to keep it bright and sparkly. Unfortunately, this is sometimes harder to do than you might have thought.

Today our diets typically consist of many high sugar foods that can put our teeth through quite a bit during the day.

This often leads to tooth decay, which is very common. In fact, it is so common that many people have been faced with the problem of how they can go about reversing the tooth decay that they are suffering form.

About Tooth Decay

Before you think about reversing it you need to understand how and why it happens. After all you try to keep your mouth in good shape.

The truth is that some people are simply more predisposed to tooth decay. Tooth decay, which is also referred to as demineralization, occurs when minerals are stripped from a tooth.

Typically, these minerals are taken from the hard parts of your tooth the enamel, dentin, and cementum. When this happens, you can start to experience problems with your tooth.

Thankfully, if the conditions are right you can look into a remineralization process that will help repair your tooth.

What does all of that mean? Webster's dictionary defines tooth decay as "an invasion by pathogenic microorganisms of a bodily part resulting in injury to tissue."

Typically, these microorganisms are bacteria. The bacterium take the sucrose present in your mouth and changes it into lactic acid. When the bacteria do this it effectively changes the pH balance, the acidity of your mouth.

Suddenly you have acid in your mouth and that adheres itself to your teeth as plaque. If left unchecked, that plaque will transform into a harder substance known as tartar.

While it is adhered to your tooth it will start to carve out a small hole in the enamel, the hard outer coating, of your tooth.

After that exterior layer of the tooth has been penetrated the bacteria continues to work its way further into the softer tissues of the tooth, and this is what we know as a cavity

Reversing Tooth Decay

When you develop a cavity, you run the risk of the infection and decay spreading to other vulnerable teeth in your mouth. The best way for reversing tooth decay is by having your dentist treat your cavity.

Typically, a dentist will need to drill out the decayed area of the tooth and then they will fill it so that the cavity cannot reappear.

However, you do not have to wait for reversing tooth decay until you get to this point. You can also do some things that will help to prevent the decay in the first place.

It comes as no surprise that you need to brush your teeth every day. However, you also want to choose a good quality toothpaste to help you ward off tooth decay.

Many of the toothpastes on the market are the same, but they do have a few differences in their formulas. Although fluoride is widely used in preventive dental care, some people prefer to buy a fluoride-free toothpaste.  Check out various information sources to learn more about the discussion about fluoride use and health. 

Additionally, you want to be sure that you are flossing every day. Many people skip this step, but they grow to regret this. Unfortunately, much of the bacteria that lead to tooth decay hide out in the crevices between your teeth. These areas cannot be reached with a simple toothbrush. Instead, you need to floss to get to those hard to reach areas. If you do this you will not only help to keep your teeth safe, but you will also keep your gums in good condition.

You may also want to consider using a mouthwash as one more preventative measure for tooth decay. There are many mouthwashes on the market, but you need to be careful that you do not select one that has a large component of alcohol. Alcohol can dry out your mouth and even function as the sucrose that the bacteria needs to feed on. Instead, try to choose a mouthwash that is a bit gentler on your teeth and gums.

While you can reverse tooth decay, it is not always easy or comfortable to do. The best thing that you can do is to take preventative measures so that you do not develop tooth decay in the first place.


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