Sealants & Flouride
A good preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural teeth by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Along with regular dental exams and cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments are great preventive measures that can help protect your teeth.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth and easy-to-clean surface.
Sealants are quick and easy to place and, because they don’t involve any drilling, there is no need to numb you in order to place them. Because they actually prevent dental problems, dental insurance will typically cover them at 100% – depending on your age.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Fluoride, in fact, is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride has been well-known for it’s dental benefits for over 50 years. In addition to strengthening teeth and helping to fight cavities, fluoride also decreases tooth sensitivity.
Although most people naturally receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments as well. And although most people gain fluoride by using dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels as well, dentists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice-a-year during dental check-ups.
Remember: sealants and fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay! It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis. So call us now or book your appointment online! We can’t wait to hear from you!