How to Test Your Saliva and Remineralize Your Teeth
By Dr. Judene Smith
One of the main functions of our saliva is to remineralize our teeth. All this hype and questioning about whether our teeth can remineralize and here our saliva has been quietly doing it all along for our entire lives! But the key is having the proper pH levels; there’s a simple yet powerful way to test your saliva right at home – even the kids will have fun doing it!
Remineralization Happens at pH 7
pH is a measure of acidity. I like talking about our mouth pH because I find it’s a nice blend of external factors (which are easy for people to understand and conceptualize) and internal factors (which are my favorites because they are so unique and different from the norm).
When our mouth is neutral (pH 7) or slightly alkaline (you don’t want to be wildly alkaline – that is not healthy) our saliva will naturally remineralize our teeth. Granted, we must have enough saliva and enough minerals to remineralize, but that is another article, another time.
The point is that our saliva is there to help us. When our pH drops below 7, our saliva is not able to remineralize our teeth and in fact, our teeth will be demineralized (minerals drawn out). At pH 5.5 there is so much demineralization occurring that a cavity is forming right then and there. I see children all the time whose saliva is pH 5.5.
You Can Do This Test Yourself
You don’t need to wait to see a dentist to check your pH, you can check at home. I recommend buying pH strips anywhere – health food stores, online, even a swimming pool store. Put the pH strip in your mouth or spit into a cup and dip the strip in (now you know why kids find this fun). Watch for the color that comes up on the strip. Remember, you want a pH level of 7.
Check all the time – in the morning upon waking, after meals, after drinking, before bed. Learn what is going on inside your mouth. Do you ever have acidic saliva? No? Excellent! Yes? Then you have a challenge cut out for you, and you will need to put greater attention on raising your pH levels.
Experiment with both external and internal factors to raise your mouth pH. Put chlorophyll drops in your water, drink green smoothies and make sure to never leave your mouth in an acidic state.
My final piece of advice for naturally healing your teeth: everything you do, big or little, makes a difference. Truthfully, some areas of our teeth are much more challenging to remineralize than others (such as in between our teeth). Knowing that you have the power to affect your mouth health will increase your ability to make the right choices in the future.
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Meet Dr. Judene Smith
Dr. Judene Smith has been a dentist for over 5 years during which time she has changed her beliefs dramatically. Having graduated from a conventional dental school and started work with her father and brother at a conventional dental office, she started questioning why certain things were done. Thinking she may enjoy holistic dentistry she joined several associations and began shadowing holistic dentists only to be disappointed as well. She concluded her belief is that the ‘best healthcare is not needing any treatment’ and that regardless of whether a treatment was deemed conventional or holistic, she would prefer to have no treatment for herself and for her (future) children. And so Dr. Judene Smith became passionately focused on natural remineralization of teeth. Dr. Judene is a founding member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, and continues to work in St. Catharines, Ontario with her father and brother where she focuses on orthodontics and strives to bring about more awareness and education for healing teeth.
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