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Each of your teeth has an outer layer composed of strong tooth enamel. This mineral substance protects the sensitive inner core structures of your teeth while also giving them the hardness to bite off and breakdown food for safe swallowing.

Dental checkups play an important role in monitoring the health of your teeth. If there are any concerns about mineral density of your tooth enamel a dentist like Dr. Alex Osovsky might recommend administering a fluoride treatment.

If the demineralization appears to be significant we might also include a prescription for fluoride supplements. This is even more likely to be the case if you don’t have ready access to fluoridated water.

There are several different types of fluoride supplements including sublingual tabs, gels, mouth rinse, or a specially formulated toothpaste with higher levels of fluoride than retail strength brands.

An ingestible fluoride supplement needs to be taken as directed. Many people also prefer to use a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash. With these fluoride supplements you should apply them your teeth right before going to sleep at night, or at a time when you can easily abstain from eating or drinking. This will allow the fluoride to fully saturate your tooth enamel.

If you live in the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, area and you have concerns about the strength of your teeth, you should call 847-850-0600 to schedule a dental checkup at Dental Esthetics of Buffalo Grove.