Cavity City

Decalcification. The word itself sounds detrimental. Although it is not in fact detrimental, it is a first early warning sign that your teeth are on the brink of “Cavity City”. And if you are anything like me, with the unrelenting belief your teeth are perfect, then this would be a sure be the start of a oral health freak out session.

 

I have prided myself on oral hygiene with no cavities having a place to call home in my mouth. Up until my last dental appointment, I believed I was on to smooth sailing, as long as I kept up properly, with brushing, flossing, and cleaning on the regular. However, at my last dental check-up, I was astonished to learn of the minor decalcification up on my lower molars. Not going to lie, I freaked out. Thinking that my future was looking like crowns, and implants.. oh my, I quickly wanted and needed to know everything about reversing the process, or what I needed to do to minimize further damage to my teeth.

 

After letting my imagination get the best of me, I had to reel in the thought process. Firstly, uhh what on earth is decalcification exactly??? Well obviously it means the loss of calcium from the tooth. Calcium itself is a critical mineral nutrient, it is essential for the formation and  of bones and teeth. The cause of this process could be from high-sugar diets or lack of good oral hygiene. In my case specifically, I should look at joining a soda-pop support group. For I consume Pepsi on a daily basis, weakening that protectant tooth layer aka enamel. You are able to identify the decalcification clearly with your own two eyes, by noticing the “white” or “opaque” colored spots on or around the tooth itself. However, it’s best if you let a dental professional diagnose you properly. In some cases a person with braces is more prone to decalcification, for it is sometimes more difficult to keep those areas cleaned properly.

 

So it’s official, the tooth decalcification is here to stay. First, visit a dentist and have a proper cleaning and scaling done (which I had already done in this case, however if you haven’t been in for a check-up lately, you most definitely should get yourself scheduled today.) Give yourself a clean fighting chance on the “preventative front”. Really get that plaque and calculus build up taken care of, and under control. In addition, keep your home care consistent. Consider using a recaldent, which is a milk derived product that delivers calcium and phosphate in solution to the tooth to replace leached enamel minerals. This is available in products such as sugar free gum (Trident XtraCare with Racaldent), professional tooth creme ( GC tooth Mousse, MI Paste, and MI Paste Plus), and dairy milk (Meiji Milk), more than that though, a shift in diet is essential. Reducing sugary intake will most definitely slow the role of decalcifying your teeth. Don’t let a bad habit like soda consumption, take a toll on your oral health.

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