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Poor oral hygiene practices can cause plaque and bacterial matter to build up in your mouth. If it occurs on a frequent basis the chronic presence of plaque acids in your mouth can gradually start to affect the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

As this starts to happen you might notice tooth sensitivity problems and the possible development of small cavities on one or more teeth. Demineralized tooth enamel can also start to compromise large dental fillings.

Fortunately, increased fluoride exposure can help restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel to prevent future cavities and reduce tooth sensitivity symptoms.

If Dr. Jay W Hildreth is concerned about the mineral density of your tooth enamel, he might also recommend administering a simple fluoride treatment at the end of your routine dental checkup. This is done by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into trays.

You will need to hold them in your mouth with a gentle suction wand for a few minutes. This will allow the fluoride to saturate the microscopic textures of your tooth enamel.

Going forward you might want to also make sure that you are brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval.

If you live in the St Marys, Kansas, area and you have concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 785-437-2771 to schedule a dental checkup at St. Marys Dental Center. Our caring dental team is here for you!