What is remineralizing toothpaste?

A toothbrush with remineralizing toothpaste.

Acidic foods, substances and other factors found in everyday life cause the gradual loss of vital minerals from the teeth. The loss of these essential minerals leads to the erosion of teeth and their slow dissolution over time, leaving unsightly and painful cavities. Remineralizing toothpaste is a toothpaste with ingredients that allow it to help restore minerals directly to your teeth.

A remineralizing toothpaste can help repair tooth enamel.

Bacterial acids, consumption of acidic foods, teeth whitening, tooth brushing and chewing all contribute to the demineralization of teeth. The body has its own self-repair mechanism to counteract this through saliva, which contains calcium and phosphorus ions that rebuild tooth structure – a process called natural remineralization. This built-in mechanism may not be sufficient in the era of concentrated sugar and processed foods, thus requiring increased remineralization.

Acidic drinks like soda can erode your tooth enamel.

Remineralizing toothpaste is generally recommended for its restorative qualities for teeth. It contains a synthetic mineral called NovaMin®, which contains calcium, sodium, phosphorus and silica. Sodium allows minerals to crystallize on the surface of the tooth, where they can form a layer similar in structure and composition to the tooth’s natural enamel. These minerals are released from the toothpaste when it comes into contact with moisture. The new mineral layer then acts to both repair and protect the existing tooth enamel.

Remineralizing toothpaste can help restore minerals to your tooth enamel.

Generally, remineralizing toothpaste will contain a higher alkaline value to neutralize teeth-eating acids. It may also contain other ingredients found in common toothpastes. Among them is the abrasive agent, usually composed of silica, which allows an abrasive action on the plaque and food on the teeth, in addition to polishing the tooth surface. Some others are the antiseptic agent that works by inhibiting the growth of plaque, the sweetening agent that makes the toothpaste palatable to the taste, the flavoring agent that adds flavor to the toothpaste, the fluoride that strengthens the teeth, the humectant that keeps the moist toothpaste, and the binding agent that holds these ingredients together.

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When teeth demineralization occurs, sensitivity to cold foods can greatly increase.

Remineralizing toothpaste has been found to have a positive effect on individuals suffering from sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can occur when erosion of the tooth enamel leads to exposure of the tubules within the teeth that lead to the nerves. When these tubules are exposed, substances or even air touching the tubules can send pain signals to the nerve below the tooth. Remineralizing toothpaste can rebuild a layer over these tubules and protect them from contact with food, drink, or air.

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