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Most municipal sources of water in America are treated to some degree with a small amount of fluoride. This light yet frequent exposure helps people in urban and suburban areas to maintain strong, tooth enamel and prevent cavities.

People living in rural areas or people who only have access to well water don’t receive these fluoridated benefits.

There are a few different ways to improve a situation like this. The first step is to have Dr. Lawrence H. Zabner administer an in-office fluoride treatment. This can usually be done at the end of your regular dental checkup at Lawrence H. Zabner DMD.

Your dentist might also prescribe daily fluoride supplements. Combined, these two powerful sources of fluoride can reverse significant demineralization symptoms. They come in several different forms including sublingual tabs, gels, mouthwash, or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

Ingested fluoride supplements should be taken at the prescribed times. If your dentist prescribes concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash, you should apply them your teeth or rinse your mouth right before going to bed.

Ideally, you want to apply them to your teeth at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel.

If you live in the Toluca Lake, California, area and you have well water, you might want to call 818-766-5246 to schedule a checkup and explore your fluoride options at Lawrence H. Zabner DMD.