Oct 15

What Is Tooth Decay And How to Prevent It – According to ADA

According to The American Dental Association (ADA), Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults.

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Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form. … Recession of the gums away from the teeth, combined with an increased incidence of gum disease, can expose tooth roots to plaque. Tooth roots are covered with cementum, a softer tissue than enamel. They are susceptible to decay and are more sensitive to touch and to hot and cold. It’s common for people over age 50 to have tooth-root decay. Decay around the edges, or a margin, of fillings is also common for older adults. Because many older adults lacked benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care when they were growing up, they often have a number of dental fillings. Over the years, these fillings may weaken and tend to fracture and leak around the edges. Bacteria accumulate in these tiny crevices causing acid to build up which leads to decay. (Source: mouthhealthy.org)

To prevent tooth decay, the ADA has recommended the following tips:

  • Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner.
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking.
  • Check with your dentist about the use of supplemental fluoride, which strengthens your teeth, and about use of dental sealants (a plastic protective coating) applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (where decay often starts) to protect them from decay.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination.(Source:  mouthhealthy.org)

The only thing I could find on how to remineralize teeth from the ADA website mouthhealthy.org is that fluoride helps to rebuild (remineralize) weakened tooth enamel and it also helps to reverse tooth decay in its early stages.

Sep 06

Remineralize Teeth a.k.a Cure Tooth Decay Naturally

According to wikipedia.org, “Remineralisation of teeth (UK spelling; US remineralization of teeth) is a process in which minerals are returned to the molecular structure of the tooth itself. Teeth are (often) porous allowing fluids and demineralisation beneath the surface of the tooth. When demineralised, these pores become larger”.

When we think of a cure for tooth decay, we would normally think of a visit to the dentist clinic to have our decaying tooth either filled in by the dentist or pulled out if the problem could not be solved by a filling. Sometimes even a root canal may be needed to be done on the tooth. … Well, that’s what I have been told to do by several dentists anyway and I think it’s the same with everyone else.

Nobody told us we could remineralize teeth, right? Heck I never even knew that curing tooth decay is called “remineralize teeth”. But its true. Teeth can heal themselves naturally without having to go to the dentist to have them drilled into or pulled out. This method is sound and it has been researched, tested and proven to be true for many years by certain parties. Ramiel Nagel (Dental Health Advocate and Author of Cure Tooth Decay) shows how to remineralize teeth naturally in his book Cure Tooth Decay. If a person would follow diligently the protocol listed in his book, he or she may never have dental problems again to worry about.