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The mineral strength of your tooth enamel makes your teeth strong enough to chew food and prevent tooth decay. When you consume acidic foods and beverages or when you struggle to practice good oral hygiene, your tooth enamel can gradually weaken.

As time goes on, the process of demineralization can leave your teeth vulnerable to cavities.

Fortunately, your twice-annual dental exam and cleaning at Seaman Family Dentistry includes a thorough inspection of your teeth and gums. If Dr. Robert Seaman notices signs of weakened tooth enamel, he might recommend a simple fluoride treatment.

Fluoride has the amazing ability to replenish tooth enamel minerals that were depleted by oral hygiene inconsistencies or a propensity for consuming acidic foods and beverages.

Dr. Robert Seaman administers the treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate deep into your tooth enamel.

For teeth showing significant signs of weakened tooth enamel, he might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements.

If you live in Lenexa, Kansas, and you are concerned about the health of your tooth enamel, you should call 913-353-4095 to schedule a dental exam and fluoride treatment at Seaman Family Dentistry.