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Cavities are often the unfortunate result of bacteria attacking your tooth enamel. You are even more likely to suffer tooth decay complications if you struggle to maintain consistent oral hygiene habits.

Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps bolster the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. If municipal water and fluoride toothpaste aren’t sufficient for maintaining the mineral density of your tooth enamel, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta might recommend a fluoride treatment.

This can easily be administered after your regular dental checkup. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta will pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes with a small suction wand. You should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour after the fluoride treatment to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.

You might want to also consider cutting back on acidic foods and beverages or drinking the beverages through a straw. It’s also worth the effort to brush your teeth with a toothpaste that includes fluoride additives. Maintaining or improving your oral hygiene practices will also go a long way toward maintaining strong tooth enamel.

If you live in the Seattle, Washington, area and you’re concerned about cavity prevention, you should call 206.329.1100 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment at Rainier Dental Center.