The American Dental Association recommends attending a routine dental checkup and cleaning every six months. Our dental checkups are designed to address all the aspects of maintaining a good oral health. This includes a thorough cleaning treatment, a dental exam, as well as a screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer.
The dental exam portion of the checkup will allow Dr. Mark DeWitt to monitor the health of your gums as well as detect any signs of tooth decay.
In some cases, a tooth might not suffer from a cavity, but the tooth enamel might show signs of demineralization. This is even more likely to be the case if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity problems.
If it’s not counteracted in some way, the compromised tooth enamel could harbor a cavity.
To help restore the full strength of your tooth enamel, your dentist might recommend a fluoride treatment. This is a simple process that can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Your dentist will carefully pour a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a special mouth-shaped tray. It will be inserted into your mouth along with a small suction wand. You will need to bite down lightly on the tray for a few minutes while the fluoride saturates the microscopic surfaces of your tooth enamel.
For teeth that show a significant amount of demineralization, your dentist might also prescribe some daily-use fluoride supplements. This might come in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or a special mouth rinse.
If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel and you would like to know more about fluoride in Lansing, Michigan, you should call 517-323-7926 to schedule a dental checkup at Mark L. DeWitt DDS.