What is Decalcification and How do you Prevent it?
Often times, patients who wear braces suffer from decalcification. This totally avoidable condition has permanent affects, but Glaser Orthodontics is here to help you prevent it. Decalcification is the process by which teeth lose calcium and is the early stages of tooth decay. When teeth are not properly cared for, plaque, which is a sticky bacteria-filled residue, can build up. The bacteria in the plaque produce acid which eat away at the calcium in the teeth. If this process continually occurs a cavity can occur, but decalcification is an early stage of that and only weakens the outer layer of the tooth.
Decalcification leaves white scars on your teeth that can never be removed. Whitening the teeth can improve the look of the white spots, but nothing can totally get rid of them. To prevent this, Dr. Glaser encourages all of his patients to brush at least two or three times a day, along with brushing and using a flouride mouthwash. People with braces are extremely suseptible to decalcififcation because the appliance makes it very hard to properly clean the teeth. Along with making sure you are taking care of your teeth at home, please visit your dentist in Westchester County along with your orthodontist every six months. Dentists can clear the plaque and tartar from your teeth making sure you do not develop white scars on the enamel of your tooth. If you are looking for a dentist in the Westchester area, or would like to set up an orthodontic consultation, please contact Dr. Glaser at his Cortlandt Manor office. We are glad to answer any questions you have and hope to see you soon!