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The mineral density of your tooth enamel plays an important role in the overall health of your teeth. Poor oral hygiene practices and acidic beverages can gradually deplete the microscopic mineral crystals of your tooth enamel. As this happens your teeth can become increasingly vulnerable to cavities and tooth sensitivity problems.

Dr. Michael J Leahy will monitor the health of your teeth as part of your routine dental checkup. If he notices a problem with the strength of your tooth enamel he might recommend administering a fluoride treatment.

Afterwards, Dr. Michael J Leahy might provide you with a prescription for daily use fluoride supplements. These are available in several different forms including sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

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

It’s best to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel. If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area and you have concerns about the strength of your teeth, you should call 614-848-4900 to explore your fluoride options available at Michael J Leahy DDS.