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How to reverse decalcification

Updated February 21, 2017

Losing calcium from your teeth is a process called decalcification. If decalcification is not treated, the affected areas will develop cavities and tooth decay. An accumulation of plaque, which can be caused by failing to properly clean the teeth, leads to decalcification. People with braces often have trouble cleaning their teeth properly and notice spots of decalcification when the braces are taken off. Work with your dentist to reverse decalcification before the process has progressed too far.

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  1. See your dentist as soon as you notice any possible signs of decalcification. Initial signs of decalcification are very white, opaque spots on your teeth. According to the Cosmetic Dentistry Center, if the process has progressed to darker stains, it is no longer reversible.

  2. Have your dentist perform a cleaning. The Cosmetic Dentistry Center recommends professional teeth cleaning every three months to reverse decalcification.

  3. Improve your oral hygiene habits. Your dentist can evaluate your current brushing and flossing techniques and show you how you should be cleaning your teeth. Clean your teeth thoroughly after each meal to eliminate plaque build-up.

  4. Use plaque-revealing tablets after cleaning your teeth. These tablets, available from your dentist, use a removable dye that attaches to plaque, which helps you discover the areas of plaque that you need to clean more thoroughly.

  5. Rub a tooth mousse on your teeth every day. Tooth mousse works like fluoride treatments to protect your teeth, prevent decay and even reverse early signs of decay, according to Thaindian News. Your dental professional or pharmacy can provide you with tooth mousse.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plaque-revealing tablets
  • Tooth mousse

About the Author

Catherine Chase is a professional writer specializing in history and health topics. Chase also covers finance, home improvement and gardening topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Skidmore College.

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