Preventive care is an important aspect of maintaining good oral health. Did you know that beyond dental cleanings and checkups, our dentist offers preventive treatments that can help reduce the likelihood of tooth decay—especially in children?
Preventive Dental Treatments Reduce Cavities
To understand how preventive dentistry works, it is important to understand tooth anatomy. Surrounding your teeth is a protective barrier called tooth enamel. This is the strongest substance in the human body and is comprised of minerals that help keep harmful oral bacteria from attacking the interior structures of teeth such as the dentin. Although enamel is a tough substance, it becomes weak when exposed to acids and mineral loss.
When enamel is damaged and teeth are vulnerable to decay, our dentist may administer fluoride treatments or a dental sealant. Fluoride treatments are used to strengthen enamel by attracting essential minerals to the surface of teeth. This preventive treatment is applied to the teeth in a flavored varnish or foam and allowed to sit for about 30 minutes and then it is rinsed away. Sealants, on the other hand, are painted on the teeth in liquid form and hardened for further protection.
Reasons Why Our Dentist May Recommend a Dental Sealant
Dental sealants often benefit children during tooth development. This is because the molars have deep pits and fissures that are prone to decay. Many children have difficulty cleaning their back teeth and bacteria tend to collect in the pits and grooves of teeth. To help remedy this problem, a dental sealant fills in the grooves of the molars and is resistant to cavity-causing bacteria. A sealant may also benefit patients with tooth sensitivity as well.
Receiving a sealant is a short, non-invasive process and anesthesia or sedation is not required. In addition to preventive treatments, patients of all ages should receive regular dental cleanings and exams.
To schedule an appointment with our skilled team of dentists, contact Euro Dental Studio today.