Known as tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth is the hardest substance in the human body. This important enamel protects the inner layers of the teeth from damage. It also gives teeth their white appearance. Throughout the day, bacteria in the mouth feeds on the foods and beverages we consume. This produces acids in the mouth which can wear away at tooth enamel. This process is known as demineralization. In addition to increasing the chance of tooth sensitivity and staining, tooth demineralization can increase the chance of cavities and decay. Regular consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages and poor dental hygiene can accelerate demineralization of the teeth.
Tooth remineralization repairs tooth enamel. While some remineralization occurs naturally each day, most people require a little extra help protecting their teeth from damage.
Importance of pH
Saliva plays an important role in protecting our teeth. Throughout the day, the saliva in our mouths washes away harmful bacteria before it can cause a problem. However, certain conditions can cause saliva to do more harm than good.
When people consume carbohydrates like sucrose, fructose, and glucose, the pH in their mouth drops. When pH in the mouth falls to pH 5.5 or below, demineralization can occur. Over time, this can lead to enamel erosion. Although taking certain measures can help remineralize the teeth, tooth erosion is permanent. Once the enamel has worn away, it cannot be replaced.
It’s important to maintain the right pH in the mouth. Alkaline pH levels of 7.5 or higher assist with remineralization of the teeth and can help fight cavity-causing bacteria. Eating more alkaline vegetables and reducing the amount of sugary and acidic foods consumed can increase the mouth’s pH.
Sometimes, dry mouth occurs. This significantly increases the chance of tooth decay. Individuals that experience dry mouth can chew sugar-free gum to stimulate the flow of saliva. Cutting back on caffeine and discontinuing the use of tobacco can also help prevent dry mouth.
Preventing Enamel Erosion
In addition to limiting the amount of sugary and acidic foods consumed, it’s important to clean the teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and quality dental gel. The bacteria in plaque changes food starches into acids. When this occurs, the acids in plaque can begin to eat away at the healthy minerals in the tooth enamel.
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Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring proper oral hygiene can help remineralize the teeth. Using a quality dental gel like LIVFRESH helps keep teeth clean and healthy, without the use of harsh chemical or abrasives. LIVFRESH is safe for all ages and can even be used by pregnant women and on pets. Regular use of LIVFRESH reduces the may help protect the teeth against erosion through control and reduction of plaque.
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