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Fluoride Treatments

Bacteria and plaque can form on your teeth, eroding the enamel. While brushing makes a difference, you may need extra care from our dentist.

​Dr. Art Carpenter, DDS of Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry can help you maintain a healthy smile with fluoride and regular cleanings.

To learn more about this helpful, preventative dental treatment, contact our Kenilworth, IL, practice.

What Are Fluoride Treatments?


With the help of fluoride treatment, you can have stronger, healthier enamel. They effectively replenish your oral mineral levels. Additionally, they can mean a lower chance of tooth decay and cavities.

A Closer Look at Enamel Erosion

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This is what can happen to your enamel if you do not brush and floss regularly. Poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to gather on the surface of your tooth, creating acid. While acid can erode the enamel of your tooth, you can fortify it with fluoride treatments at our Kenilworth dentistry practice.

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Fluoride Treatment Timeline How Your Visit Will Look

Often, a fluoride treatment can be administered during a regular checkup at our Kenilworth office.

Day of Procedure

Often, a fluoride treatment can be administered during a regular checkup at our Kenilworth office.


Prior to the procedure, Dr. Carpenter will clean your teeth and remove any substances that might create a barrier between your enamel and the fluoride.


Once your teeth are clean and dry, we will administer the fluoride, typically either as a varnish or in a dental tray. Fluoride application takes only a few minutes.


Over the next few hours, the fluoride will remineralize your teeth. Ultimately, this can lead to stronger enamel and healthier teeth.

Fluoride Treatment Aftercare

Avoid Eating and Drinking

Following the procedure, you will be asked to refrain from eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes. This helps the treatment remain in contact with your teeth without being washed away. That way, it can have the maximum effect in preventing cavities.

Don't Smoke

If you smoke, you should also refrain from cigarette use at this time. Of course, it is highly advisable to cease the habit altogether if you wish to achieve and maintain the best possible oral and overall health. Ask Dr. Carpenter to learn more.

Remember to Brush

After six hours, you can brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste. This allows enough time for uptake. As long as you wait the proper amount of time that your dentist recommends, you do not need to worry if you end up brushing some extra fluoride off your tooth.

Can My Child Benefit From Fluoride Treatment?

Yes, they can. In fact, children are especially good candidates for fluoride treatments, compared to adult patients.

Along with teenagers, children are more prone to the effects of demineralization because they often indulge in sugary foods, and may not have mastered their brushing and flossing techniques.

Patients with braces are also more susceptible to demineralization because bacteria can become trapped under their hardware.

Fluoride treatments at our Kenilworth, IL, office can ultimately have a long-term effect on your child's oral health.

After all, protecting developing teeth can ensure a stronger, healthier adult smile. From education to treatment, we're here to help you.

Choose a Dentist the Whole Family Can Trust For Your Fluoride Treatment

As a family dentistry practice, we provide caring treatment to patients of all ages.

Whether you are teaching your child healthy habits or you are maintaining your own lifelong oral health, our team is here to give you the treatment and dental education you need for beautiful, happy teeth.

Not sure where to start? We offer routine cleanings, fluoride treatment, and more.

New and returning patients can contact our Kenilworth, IL, dentistry practice. They can also call

(847) 251-5004

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Dr. Carpenter has treated dental patients at his dental practice since 1998. He can't wait to welcome you too.

Whether you are experiencing a small degree of enamel degradation, or if you simply wish to protect yourself from future oral health problems, a fluoride treatment can help.

Prevent Enamel Erosion With Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatment is an excellent way to prevent compromised enamel altogether.

Professional fluoride treatments provide added protection for your teeth and make them more resistant against acidic foods that cause bacteria buildup and enamel erosion.

Scheduling regular fluoride treatments at our Kenilworth, IL, dental practice is a simple and effective way to protect your teeth against cavities and and tooth decay.

Can Fluoride Restore My Enamel?

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It is possible that fluoride can somewhat restore the enamel of your tooth. However, it can only do that to a small degree, making prevention of tooth decay your best bet for future dental health. To learn more, visit our dentist, Dr. Carpenter, at his Kenilworth, IL, office.

Why Fluoride Matters In the Fight Against Plaque and Bacteria

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Each day, you brush and floss your teeth. This important habit can prevent bacteria from gathering and forming plaque.

Sometimes, though, even if you have brushed vigilantly, plaque can form.

It leads to something called demineralization, which can usher in cavities and tooth decay.

Fluoride acts as an important shield, creating stronger enamel.

While you can find fluoride in food, some public water supplies, and toothpaste, they are no substitute for treatment at our Kenilworth, IL, dentistry practice.

Dr. Carpenter can answer your questions and outline your treatment at your next visit.

I Already Get Fluoride From My Toothpaste — Isn't That Enough?

Many patients already use a toothpaste that contain fluoride. Others may currently live or have once lived in an area where the government has placed fluoride in their water.

While these measures can help protect your tooth enamel and prevent possible cavities, toothpaste and drinking water do not have the same strong results as fluoride treatments.

Fluoride treatments are more effective and comprehensive.

Our dentist, Dr. Carpenter, has been trained to meticulously apply fluoride to each tooth, giving you more substantial results in the fight against tooth decay.

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Do You Offer Financing?

Yes, our Kenilworth team is proud to offer financing through CareCredit®. While certain insurance may not cover fluoride, we can help determine options.

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Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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