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An inconsistent oral hygiene routine can leave excess sugar residue, food particles, and plaque in your mouth. This can cause plaque acids to build and replicate. If it continues over a long period of time the acidic environment in your mouth can start to weaken your tooth enamel.

This can make your teeth increasingly vulnerable to cavities. As time goes on microscopic channels can develop in your tooth enamel exposing the sensitive dentin layer within the tooth. The resulting tooth sensitivity can have a significant adverse effect on your quality of life.

If your routine dental checkup reveals signs of weakened tooth enamel Dr. Nils Sandstrom might recommend a fluoride treatment. In just a few minutes the concentrated fluoride gel can restore some of your tooth enamel mineral density.

Dr. Nils Sandstrom might also recommend using prescription fluoride supplements. This might come in the form of a concentrated fluoride mouth rinse, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

A fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash should be applied to your teeth right before going to sleep or at a time when you can abstain from eating or drinking for at least a half hour.

If you live in the Palos Heights, Illinois, area and you’re concerned about the health of your tooth enamel, you should call 708-388-2500 to schedule a checkup at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS.