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Even though your tooth enamel is very hard it can still be weakened by consuming acidic foods and drinks. Over time this process, of demineralization can promote problems with tooth sensitivity and tooth decay.

Be sure to tell Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam about any recent sensitivity issues. If your teeth show signs of tooth decay problems, or you’ve struggled with multiple cavities in the past, they might suggest a basic fluoride treatment.

Fluoride acts to counter the effects of demineralization, by restoring the microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel.

Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam will often administer the fluoride treatment immediately following your twice-annual dental checkup. This is done by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into special trays that are inserted into your mouth and held there for a few minutes. You will need to avoid eating and drinking for up to an hour to maximize the fluoride saturation of your teeth.

It might also be a good idea to use a brand of fluoride fortified toothpaste when brushing your teeth. This will help increase daily fluoride exposure to keep your teeth strong enough checkups.

If you are dealing with tooth sensitivity issues, cavities or you are simply overdue for your next dental checkup, you should call Dr. Glenn D. Balkins, Mark P. Swensen and Dr. Haslam’s office in Corvallis, Oregon at 541-754-4017 to schedule an appointment.