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Minor inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine and the occasional consumption of acidic foods and beverages can deplete a microscopic amount of minerals from your tooth enamel. People with regular access to municipal water sources benefit from trace amounts of fluoride that help restore the mineral integrity of your tooth enamel.

If you live in a rural area or if you have well water at home, your teeth might not have sufficient fluoride exposure. This could make your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and tooth sensitivity problems.

One efficient way to improve this situation is to have a fluoride treatment administered at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS. Once your tooth enamel is strengthened, he might also prescribe daily use fluoride supplements. This will help you maintain strong, healthy tooth enamel in between your routine dental checkups.

Fluoride supplements come in several different forms, including sublingual tabs, gels, mouthrinse, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

An ingestible fluoride supplement needs to be taken as directed. If Dr. Bryce E. Justesen prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them to your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.

Ideally, you want to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.

If you live in the Mesa, Arizona, area and you have well water or if you have other concerns about the strength of your teeth, you should call 480.827.1234 to explore your fluoride options with Dr. Bryce E. Justesen.