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Through the course of an average day, the natural bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can work to erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it isn’t counteracted in a timely manner, this process known as demineralization can weaken your tooth enamel, increasing its vulnerability to tooth decay.

Exposing your teeth to fluoride will renew new mineral density to the tooth enamel. This reduces the microscopic pores and textures to prevent bacteria from exploiting the tooth enamel. While a fluoride toothpaste will help strengthen your teeth on a daily basis, your dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, can add a basic fluoride treatment to your dental checkup to make a significant improvement.

Dr. James D. Schuette administers the treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. It’s a good idea to avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.

If you have well water, or if your teeth show signs of significant demineralization, Dr. James D. Schuette might also prescribe fluoride supplements.

If you are concerned about the integrity of your tooth enamel, you should call James D. Schuette. DDS. at 816-554-7656 to schedule a dental checkup with a fluoride treatment in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.