How Does pH Relate to Tooth Decay?

September 21, 2012 Tooth Decay

pH and tooth decay How does pH relate to tooth decay? Not many dental professionals are talking about pH and how it relates to tooth decay. The truth is there is a strong correlation between having an acidic mouth, and getting lots of cavities.  Eating a lot of processed sugars and flours are the main reason mouth’s become acidic.  When you have a low pH in your mouth, your mouth is more likely to De-calcify or demineralize. This means your enamel will be weak and soft.

PH levels in your mouth are a big deal.  When you have a mouth that is more alkaline, this means your teeth have an easier time remineralizing themselves. Teeth that are fully remineralized is are almost immune to cavities.

What Are Some Ways to Affect the PH?

There is a saying that states, “you are what you eat”. In many ways this is true about the condition of our teeth. If we choose to eat a lot of sweets on a regular basis, are mouth tends to become more acidic. Over time, the bacterial composition of our mouth also changes, to favor acid producing bacteria that love this type of diet.  In consequence, we develop saliva that is far more acidic.

how does pH affect teethIf you want to instantly stop demineralization and neutralize your saliva, one of the best ways to do this is by chewing on Xylitol Gum. Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute. It has fewer calories per gram than sugar, but more importantly, it can’t be digested by the bacteria which ferment sugar. Eating it on a regular basis reduces the amount of dangerous, sugar-loving bacteria. This makes it harder for cavities to develop. It also keeps our mouth from suffering acid erosion of our teeth.

One has to have acids in their mouth to develop cavities.  Only an acidic mouth provides the conditions necessary for teeth to demineralize and weaken the teeth. Quite often, dentists will blame bacteria for causing cavities. Bacteria is only a small fraction of the problem. If your teeth are fully remineralized, bacteria can’t infect them, or break them down. Having an acidic mouth, makes your teeth soft and more susceptible to bacteria and cavities. This is because acids pull calcium and phosphate ions from the teeth, making them weak.

In order for tooth decay to take place, you mouth pH has to be around 5.9 to erode your tooth enamel. The cementum next to your gums starts to demineralize at a pH of 6.1. By avoiding sugar, you limit the amount of time acids stay in your mouth and avoid a pH of 5.9 or less. Brushing regularly and getting rid of plaque, also reduces the time for bacteria to attach to the plaque next to your teeth.

How to Reverse Tooth Decay

Once you’re able to control the pH of your mouth, the next thing you want to do is resist infections.  (This will help your teeth to make themselves as strong as possible that can last a lifetime.) You can do this by getting the best type of nutrition that will not only remineralize your teeth and heal your cavities, but will also make sure you never develop them again. Some of the best foods for healthy bones and teeth are raw milk, eggs from farm-raised hens, meat from grass-fed animals, cheeses, bone broths, and taking cod liver oil. Fresh, organically raised vegetables straight from your own garden are rich in vitamins that are also essential to keep your teeth strong.

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