Including a Fluoride Treatment at Your Regular Dental Checkup Helps Prevent Future Cavities

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The American Dental Association advocates having a dental checkup and cleaning administered every six months to monitor and maintain the health of your mouth. Every checkup at our dental office is designed to clean your teeth and examine all the important aspects of maintaining good oral health in the long term.

After your hygienist has completed the dental cleaning, Dr. Kimberly Fee will then conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums as well as perform a screening for signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

Should she find signs of demineralization in your tooth enamel, Dr. Kimberly Fee might recommend a fluoride treatment. This is even more likely to be the case if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity problems.

Dr. Kimberly Fee will do this by pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. You should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.

Our dentist might also prescribe fluoride supplements if your teeth show significant signs of weakened tooth enamel. Most people like to use either a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse. These can be applied to your teeth right before you go to bed to allow the fluoride to deeply saturate the microscopic pores in the tooth enamel.

If you suspect that your tooth sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Kimberly W. Fee DMD in Prescott, Arizona, at 928-778-7410 to schedule a fluoride treatment.