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Your teeth owe their incredible durability to the mineral density of the tooth enamel. If you have oral hygiene problems or if you consume acidic foods and beverages regularly, it could gradually deplete the mineral strength of your teeth. As time goes on, this could leave you with teeth that are prone to tooth decay and sensitivity.

One easy way to rejuvenate the mineral integrity of your tooth enamel is to expose your teeth to fluoride.

If Dr. Sara Sheikh finds signs of weakened tooth enamel during your six-month checkup, she might recommend a fluoride treatment. This will restore lost mineral structures and counteract future complications.

Your dentist will perform the fluoride treatment by pouring a little bit of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate into your tooth enamel.

If you have well water or if your tooth enamel is severely compromised, Dr. Sara Sheikh might also prescribe some form of daily fluoride supplements.

If you live in the Kennebunk, Maine, area and you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 207-985-7944 to schedule a dental exam at Kennebunk Center for Dentistry.