Our teeth are covered with enamel that protects them from being invaded by bacteria and the resulting cavities and tooth decay. Over time, and made much worse by our modern acidic and sugar-filled diets, the enamel can begin to wear away on our teeth. This can make our teeth weaker and more susceptible to many common dental problems. In an effort to keep bacteria at bay and teeth strong, our bodies go through a remineralization process. This can often help a cavity ‘heal itself’, but we can’t count on it in every case.
What is Remineralization?
Our bodies are amazing self-healing machines in many respects. While it’s true that our teeth are under constant assault from bacteria, our saliva is working to counteract that damage. Saliva contains certain enzymes that aid in the remineralization process.
Therefore, when we notice a tooth is being eroded or a cavity is beginning to develop, we immediately consider, “Does it need to be filled, or can it be remineralized?” Knowing that the best dentistry, if possible, is none at all, we first attempt to allow a tooth to “heal itself” rather than performing a more invasive procedure.
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