Tooth enamel can erode for many reasons, often from acids lingering in the mouth and a lack of viable nutrients. If enamel wears thin, sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures can develop, followed by cavities and decay. Discoloration and yellow teeth are common attributes of thin enamel. Once enamel is gone completely and dentin is exposed, irreversible tooth loss can occur.
Even when you take great care of your teeth, they naturally start to lose minerals and become more translucent with age. This can start as early as the 20s and 30s. The good news is that you can take several simple steps to re-mineralize your teeth on your own.
Start with a Consistent Oral Healthcare Routine
It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice each day using a toothbrush with soft bristles. You can damage your teeth by using bristles that are too hard. You should also use a gentle back-and-forth stroke and not press down too forcefully. Spit out the extra foam from the toothpaste, but don’t rinse your mouth with water right away. This provides extra minerals for your teeth. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue and to floss your teeth twice a day. Keeping up with your regular preventive dental care exams is also important.
Consider Making Your Own Toothpaste
Many commercial types of toothpaste contain ingredients that you don’t need, such as artificial flavors and colors. You may have greater success re-mineralizing your teeth by making your own paste with the following ingredients:
- Four tablespoons of calcium carbonate powder, which you can buy in bulk or get by crushing calcium carbonate tablets
- Two tablespoons of baking soda
- One teaspoon of sea salt
- One packet of stevia
After mixing these ingredients together, you need to add coconut oil until the ingredients form a paste. For the last step, add a few drops of peppermint oil so the paste has a minty taste when you use it. Optionally, you can add two teaspoons of three percent hydrogen peroxide for especially stubborn tooth surface stains or to whiten your teeth.
Make Some Dietary Changes
One of the leading causes of de-mineralized teeth is a diet high in sugar. You will have the most success with re-mineralizing your teeth if you avoid sugar and all pre-packaged food such as crackers, cookies, bread, and chips. Limiting the amount of citrus fruit you eat while you’re trying to re-mineralize your teeth will help as well. If you don’t currently take a mineral supplement, you may want to consider adding one for the health of your teeth as well as your overall health.
If you’re not seeing much success using these home remedies, consult with your dentist for additional tips on getting minerals back in your teeth.