How to Repair Tooth Enamel
August 29, 2012 Tooth Decay
This article is the minority report on how to repair tooth enamel. There are a lot of websites out there that will tell you that you cannot repair your tooth enamel. I had no idea this was such a controversial topic. These sites appear to be authoritative and yet they don’t provide you with correct information.
The outer layer of your tooth is called the enamel. If it chips or breaks, it won’t regrow the part that is broken, but it will heal itself. Your tooth enamel is some of the hardest tissue in your body. The outer layer is mostly dead, but underneath the enamel, you have the “Dentin” that is capable of healing. Even after you get a filling in your mouth, your dentin will typically create hard enamel to protect the part of your tooth that is under the filling.
Most of the time, your enamel can be damaged without losing its structural integrity. When your mouth is exposed to acids, either from acidic drinks, fruits, or sugars, it decalcifies your teeth. Teeth that have been decalcified or demineralized are a lot more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. In addition, these “weak teeth” develop cavities very easily.
Learning how to repair tooth enamel is essential if you want to have strong teeth that will last a lifetime. The first thing that you need to do is to limit your intake of sugars. If you don’t want to cut back on sugar, at least cut back on the amount of time that sugars are in your mouth. Drinking milk after eating dessert, is a good way to combat the acidity created by the sugars. Another way to combat the acidity is to chew a Xylitol Gum. The Xylitol will stop acidity dead in its tracks and will restore your mouth to a healthy pH.
Mouths that are constantly acidic and have a low pH are going to be demineralized. When demineralization has occurred, it is very easy for bacteria to infect your tooth and to create cavities. Teeth that are strong and healthy make it almost impossible for cavities to form. The key is to develop a perfect and fully mineralized layer of enamel to protect your teeth and resist cavities.
Miswak Works Great for Tooth Repair
Miswak can help keep your enamel very clean. It contains mild abrasive substances that help to clean off plaque and tartar buildup. Miswak can also provide your teeth with a valuable source of calcium. As you chew on a Miswak stick, it remineralizes your teeth in two ways. First, it encourages mineral-rich saliva to cover your teeth on the outside. Second, it also encourages blood to flow through your teeth from the inside. Both of these things working together will help you to remineralize your enamel and make it a lot stronger.
The Best Time to Repair Tooth Enamel
As soon as you notice that a cavity is forming, or that you have a soft spot in your teeth, it is time to repair your tooth enamel. Chewing on a Miswak helps to make soft spots in your enamel hard again. Miswak works well when a cavity is still small, but it works even better in preventing a cavity from forming in the first place. So as soon as you start to see signs of weakened enamel, such as yellowing teeth, or tooth sensitivity to hot or cold, don’t ignore these signs. Use a Miswak stick and prevent further weakening of your tooth enamel. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Tooth decay is 100% preventable. So start today, and take control of your dental health for you and your family.