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As you go about your day, the acidic foods and beverages you enjoy, as well as the bacteria in your mouth, can deplete the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If this process of demineralization is not counteracted somehow, it will lead to problems with tooth sensitivity and cavities.

Well-established research has found that increased fluoride exposure helps restore the tooth enamel’s mineral density. This process is known as remineralization, and it strengthens tooth enamel to reduce sensitivity and prevent tooth decay.

If you’ve struggled with tooth sensitivity or cavities related to weakened tooth enamel, your dentist, Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid, might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. The treatment is brief and can usually be performed after your routine dental checkup.

Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid administers the fluoride treatment by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.

If your teeth show signs of significant demineralization, he might also prescribe fluoride supplements. This often comes in the form of a prescription-grade concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse.

If you regularly struggle with cavities and tooth sensitivity, you should call Jacqueline S. Reid DDS at 973.635.9456 for a dental checkup and fluoride treatment in Chatham, New Jersey.