Guarding Your Teeth Right from the Beginning
Fluoride treatments are especially advantageous for children. As their adult teeth emerge, these treatments aid in fighting off dental decay through a mechanism known as remineralization. Acids, originating either from plaque or consumed foods, can erode tooth enamel by depleting essential minerals from the teeth. Fluoride intervention halts and reverses this degradation, thereby enhancing the enamel’s strength and its resistance to decay.
The chewing surfaces of molars feature numerous grooves and crevices that can readily accumulate acidic plaque or food remnants, making them challenging to clean thoroughly. When children’s new molars come in, dental sealants can serve as an effective barrier to block out debris, safeguard their natural teeth, and ward off decay. These sealants act as a protective coating for these susceptible regions.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Sealants and Fluoride?
According to the Canadian Dental Association, the prudent and targeted application of sealants on both primary and adult teeth is endorsed, based on a dentist’s risk evaluation and diagnosis. The CDA views sealants as a vital element in a holistic prevention strategy, which also encompasses nutritional guidance, appropriate fluoride usage, maintaining proper oral hygiene, and routine dental check-ups.
Minimize Tooth Sensitivity
The outer layer of a tooth is made up of enamel, while the inner layers consist of dentin, pulp, and nerve. Dentin supports the tooth’s structure but lacks the capability to shield the tooth’s nerve from extremes in temperature or from acidic and sticky foods. Thinning or wearing away of the enamel leads to tooth sensitivity. Fluoride and sealants work to maintain the enamel’s health, thereby aiding in the protection of the sensitive dentin layer from external factors.
Combat and Reverse Decay
Eroded enamel can further deteriorate, leading to cavity formation. Alongside causing tooth sensitivity, exposed dentin carries an additional risk of infection, which could be extremely painful and might necessitate a root canal for tooth preservation. Fluoride treatments and dental sealants not only help in the prevention of decay but also fortify the teeth by rebuilding the enamel and blocking plaque accumulation in problem areas.
Cost-Effectiveness Over Time
Investing in preventative measures today can save you from costly treatments in the future. Fluoride and dental sealants are a cost-effective approach to oral care that helps to avert the need for more expensive procedures, which could become essential if tooth decay is left unchecked.
The Sealant And Fluoridation Process
Fluoride treatments are typically incorporated into your child’s annual dental cleaning and examination. Sealants are applied on an as-needed basis, generally when a new molar comes in or if the dentist identifies a vulnerable area on the chewing surface of a tooth.
Our in-office fluoride treatment is more potent than over-the-counter options, as it is administered by healthcare professionals. The most frequently used forms are foam or gel, presented in both upper and lower trays. The application takes only a few minutes and is typically done at the conclusion of your teeth cleaning session. To maximize the treatment’s efficacy, we recommend abstaining from eating or drinking for 30 minutes post-application.
Dental Sealant Procedure
The process for applying dental sealants is both straightforward and pain-free, requiring neither drilling nor numbing. Initially, the dentist will meticulously clean and dry the targeted tooth. A mild acidic gel is then applied briefly to roughen the tooth surface, ensuring a robust bonding. After rinsing off the gel and drying the tooth again, the dentist will carefully place the sealant into the tooth’s grooves. A specialized blue light cures the sealant, leaving your bite feeling as natural and comfortable as before.
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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Were you aware that fluoride is a mineral found naturally in the environment? Trace amounts of fluoride naturally exist in some water supplies. The dental benefits of fluoride came to scientific attention when it was observed that individuals living near naturally fluoridated water sources exhibited lower rates of tooth decay. Since that discovery, fluoride has been intentionally added to various water supplies and incorporated into standard dental care routines. For generations, fluoride treatments have been effectively and safely reducing the incidence of dental decay globally.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will recommend that you abstain from eating or drinking for a 30-minute period following the fluoride treatment. This waiting time is crucial because it allows the fluoride to fully penetrate and integrate into the tooth enamel. During this half-hour window, the fluoride actively works to reinforce your enamel, making it more resistant to decay and erosion. Adhering to this brief waiting period ensures you reap the maximum benefits of the fluoride treatment for stronger, healthier teeth.
With consistent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental sealants have the potential to last for as long as a decade. It’s essential to maintain a regimen of regular brushing and flossing, and to be cautious about consuming acidic foods and beverages, particularly before bedtime. Should the dental sealant show signs of wear or chipping, it can be conveniently repaired by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Dental sealant adheres to the chewing surfaces of molars, serving as a protective barrier for the tooth’s susceptible crevices and grooves, thereby guarding against decay.
Fluoride treatments are typically recommended for children as soon as their teeth start to appear. However, adults can benefit from fluoride treatments as well, especially if they have a high risk of developing cavities.
Sealants are commonly applied to children’s teeth as soon as their permanent molars come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12. However, adults with no decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
A Longtime Patient Experience
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