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Families without ready access to municipal water may not benefit from the added presence of fluoride when they take a drink. If you also struggle to maintain consistent daily oral hygiene habits, it could start to weaken the mineral strength of your tooth enamel.

Established research has found that fluoride helps maintain tooth enamel’s mineral density, which can help prevent cavities. At the same time teeth with healthy tooth enamel are also more likely to suffer from tooth sensitivity related to enamel erosion.

If your routine dental checkup with Dr. Peter D Kim reveals signs of demineralized tooth enamel, he might recommend performing a fluoride treatment to help quickly strengthen your teeth. Afterward he might also provide you with prescription for fluoride supplements. Common forms include sublingual tabs, gels, concentrated fluoride toothpaste or a specially formulated fluoride mouthwash.

Our dentist notes that ingestible fluoride supplements need to be taken as directed at the stated dosages. Concentrated fluoride toothpaste or a mouthwash can be applied right before you go to sleep for the night to allow the fluoride to saturate the microscopic pores of your tooth enamel.

You might want to also check to make sure that your regular brand of toothpaste includes fluoride and has been approved by the American Dental Association.

If you live in the Bakersfield, California, area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth, you should call 661-327-7497 to schedule a dental checkup at Truxtun Family Dentistry.