Each of your teeth is protected by a durable outer layer of tooth enamel. This strong substance is made up of a dense matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. This helps your teeth to resist cavities, while also giving them the strength to bite, chew, and grind the foods you eat.
The American Dental Association recommends having a routine dental checkup performed every six months to clean your teeth and help detect any signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and cavities.
If Dr. Jason Brown has any concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel he might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This can be done at the end of the checkup to fortify the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This will give you teeth that are more resistant to cavities and less likely to experience tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Jason Brown performs the fluoride treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays that will need to be held in your mouth for a few minutes. This also includes placing a small suction wand in your mouth to catch any saliva or stray fluoride gel.
Afterward, it’s best to avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour after the treatment. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate deep into your tooth enamel. If you live in the Naperville, Illinois, area and you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 630-245-0200 to schedule a checkup at North Pointe Dental Care.