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Your tooth enamel is actually made of a mineral substance of microscopic crystals. Throughout the course of an average day the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume, can erode a microscopic amount of these minerals.

If it is not countered in some way, this process known as demineralization, will leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and sensitivity problems.

Fortunately, exposing your teeth to the presence of fluoride helps to restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively works to prevent tooth decay and counter sensitivity problems.

If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay as a result of insufficient fluoride exposure your Dr. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher might recommend administering a standard fluoride treatment. This can conveniently be administered following your regular dental checkup.

Dr. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher pours concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are inserted in your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.

You might want to also consider cutting back on certain acidic foods and beverages. You can still enjoy them from time to time, but it might help to brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste afterward.

If you’re concerned that the strength of your tooth enamel has been compromised, you should call Dr. Larry Hoffman, Steven Flicker, & David Sher’s office in Chicago, Illinois at 773-478-5520 to ask about a fluoride treatment.