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The American Dental Association recommends having a routine dental checkup twice each year. The appointment will start with a basic cleaning and polishing treatment to remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline, while also removing surface stains.

Dr. Michael King might recommend a fluoride treatment if he notices signs of weakened tooth enamel or other oral hygiene problems. Dental grade fluoride will help fortify the mineral strength of your tooth enamel This can help to prevent future cavities and reduce tooth sensitivity.

If your teeth show signs of excessive mineral loss, or your municipal water is not fluoridated, Dr. King might also prescribe some form of fluoride supplement.

Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste is also an easy way to increase the fluoride in your teeth. You might want to also try cutting back on certain acidic foods and beverages.

If you live in the Burke, Virginia, area and you have concerns about the health and strength of your teeth, you should call 703-801-6166 to schedule a checkup at Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke.