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The acidic foods and drinks you consume each day and the natural bacteria in your mouth can erode the mineral integrity of your tooth enamel. On a long enough timeline, this unchecked enamel erosion can promote issues with tooth sensitivity and cavities. Fortunately, fluoride counteracts the effects of demineralization by restoring the microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will go a long way toward counteracting demineralization. Dr. Craig Thomas can also administer a fluoride treatment immediately following your six-month dental checkup to bolster the integrity of your tooth enamel.

The treatment is quickly administered by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into special trays that are inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You will need to avoid eating and drinking for up to an hour afterward to maximize the fluoride saturation of your teeth.

If you are dealing with tooth decay and sensitivity, you should call Carolina Avenue Dental Care at 843-899-5911 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment with your dentist.