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Your tooth enamel gets its strength from dense microscopic mineral crystals. Each day, the natural bacteria in your mouth, as well as the acidic foods and drinks you consume, can degrade the mineral integrity of your tooth enamel. This weakened tooth enamel allows bacteria to exploit the area, forming cavities. It can even make microscopic channels through the tooth enamel, causing tooth sensitivity.

Increased exposure to fluoride helps counteract this demineralization effect by effectively replacing lost mineral crystals.

Tell Dr. Richard Mantoan about any issues you’ve had with sensitivity or cavities. In many cases, he will recommend a routine fluoride treatment to restore the strength of your tooth enamel. The fluoride treatment can be administered at the end of your dental checkup.

During the treatment, your dentist will pour a concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for up to one hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.

If you have struggled with cavities and tooth decay problems in the past and you are interested in a fluoride treatment in Flossmoor, Illinois, you should call Southland Smiles at 708-794-4253 to schedule an appointment.