Sealants and Fluoride Treatment
Used to prevent decay most specifically in children’s teeth. There is a difference between the two treatments. Discover which option is best for you.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of healthy, decay-free teeth. Sealants create a physical barrier that literally “seals out” the food and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Sealants are a very cost-effective way to maintain dental health. Both children and adults can benefit from the added protection sealants provide. Children benefit greatly from sealants for several reasons. The enamel on a newly erupted tooth takes a full three years to mature. This leaves young teeth especially vulnerable to decay.
What is fluoride treatment?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been utilized for many years to help prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay begins when the bacteria and sugars present in the mouth form acids that erode the tooth’s protective enamel. This is done to strengthen tooth enamel and can help prevent dental decay. Fluoride can benefit people of all ages. Children who get adequate fluoride while their teeth are still forming will develop permanent teeth that are stronger and more decay-resistant over a lifetime.
While fluoride can help reverse early tooth decay and prevent cavities, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visits are necessary to aid in the life of your teeth. Call our office today to schedule an oral health consultation with our dentist.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth. If your cavity just started, a fluoride treatment may help restore your tooth’s enamel and can sometimes reverse a cavity in the very early stages. Other treatment options include:
- Root canals
- Tooth extractions
Mouthguards are normally used during an athletic activity to protect the teeth from possible damage. Protect your teeth. If you’re currently engaged in a sport that requires a mouthguard, then let us help you. Book a FREE consultation today and start playing safer!
A space maintainer is custom-made by a dentist using acrylic or metal material. It can be either removable or cemented in a child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place.