What is a Decalcification and Could you be Susceptible?
You may not realize it, but consuming carbonated beverages, fruit juice, and highly acidic foods every day can be harmful to your teeth! Acidic foods and drinks can create an oral acid imbalance, which over time can cause your teeth can lose minerals and strength. The acid in the foods we eat and drink pull the minerals, calcium and phosphate from tooth structure. The loss of calcium and phosphate from your teeth is called decalcification. The consumption of highly acidic food and drinks in combination with the accumulation of plaque (a sticky, colorless film of bacteria) on the teeth can make a person highly susceptible to decalcifications. Sometimes referred to as white spot lesions, decalcifications have a chalky-white appearance and can cause sensitivity as well as make teeth more prone to tooth decay.
How to Prevent Decalcifications?
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least 2 x per day and flossing 1 x per day. This will remove plaque accumulations on the teeth.
- If you or your child wears braces, it is especially important to use Proxy brushes to cleanse thoroughly all the way around each brace.
- Use a fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel. Fluoride can help replace minerals lost during acid attacks. We recommend Phos-Flur® Rinse to all of our patients.