Do Enamel Repairing Toothpastes and Mouthwashes Really Work?
Posted on 1/10/2020 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
We worry about your tooth enamel. We're sure you do too. After all, enamel is what protects your teeth from things that might be harmful. Through daily living, the enamel on your teeth wear down.
There are toothpastes and mouthwashes that advertise they can repair your enamel. But do they actually work? We have information for you.
Why Do You Lose Enamel?
You can lose enamel in different ways. First, you can lose tooth enamel due to tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that eat holes in your enamel if you don't practice good oral hygiene. You can also lose enamel due to teeth grinding and clenching at night.
Another reason you lose tooth enamel is because of the acids in the foods you eat. Acidic foods cause your tooth enamel to soften. Your enamel can also lose some minerals as well, depending on the acidity of the food. While your tooth enamel eventually restores the minerals lost, while the minerals are depleted, your enamel is at a greater risk of damage.
Can You Restore Tooth Enamel?
You can't restore damaged tooth enamel. However, you can remineralize it. Remineralizing allows your enamel to increase the amount of materials like calcium to the teeth. Calcium bonds to the teeth, and it is especially drawn to spots on the enamel that are weak. This helps the tooth enamel become stronger. When your tooth enamel is stronger, it is easier to resist the bacteria that could create holes in the enamel.
You can also help your enamel to be stronger by limiting the foods that cause a lot of acid, and by making sure that you brush your teeth after you eat acidic foods. If you have questions about your tooth enamel, and how to keep it stronger, give us a call. We would love to talk to you about your tooth enamel today.