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Cavities are often the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene habits bolstering the natural bacteria in your mouth to exploit a compromised area of tooth enamel. Fortunately, your routine dental exam at the dental office of Dr. Arpan Patel in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is designed to clean your teeth and detect oral health problems before they develop into something more serious.

The dental cleaning portion of the appointment calls for one of our experienced dental hygienists to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This will then be followed by a simple dental polishing to remove surface stains from your tooth enamel.

Once this is done, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your mouth to detect any signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancers. If your dentist has any concerns about the health and strength of your tooth enamel, a fluoride treatment at the end of your appointment may be recommended. This simple procedure can significantly bolster the strength of your tooth enamel. This can help prevent cavities and other tooth decay complications between your twice-annual dental checkups.

This treatment will expose your tooth enamel to concentrated fluoride to bolster the mineral strength of your teeth. Administering the fluoride treatment is simple, as a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel is poured into special mouth-shaped trays. A small suction hose is then inserted between the trays to capture any stray gel and saliva as you bite down. You should avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.

If you live in the Langhorne, Pennsylvania area and you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, please call (215) 970-2515 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment with one of our dentists! Drs. Arpan Nalin Patel, Hiren Shah, Purvi Patel, Palak Patel, and Shakeel Ahmed look forward to helping you create the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!