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Fluoride has long been known to help bolster the mineral strength of tooth enamel. Regular exposure to trace amounts can help your teeth resist cavities and other tooth decay complications.

To aid in this effort many municipalities introduce small amounts of fluoride to their water system. Every time you drink this fluoridated water it helps prevent cavities and tooth sensitivity symptoms. When combined with a consistent daily oral hygiene routine and your routine dental checkups it can significantly reduce your chances of suffering a cavity.

If you live in a rural location or you don’t have regular access to municipal water your tooth enamel might not be as strong as possible. This could be a significant problem if you frequently consume acidic beverages.

In a situation like this Dr. Thomas Hicks might be able to provide you with a prescription for fluoride supplements. Concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash tend to be popular and convenient options. You simply apply them to your teeth right before you go to bed to allow the fluoride to deeply saturate the microscopic pores of your tooth enamel. With consistent use, the supplemental fluoride can help you maintain strong teeth between your dental checkups.   

If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and you are concerned about the overall strength of your tooth enamel, please call 503-644-5433 to learn more about how to care for your teeth with our LifeSmile Dental Group team.