Protective Sealants and Fluoride in Chula Vista
SEALANTS AND FLUORIDE
WHO NEEDS DENTAL SEALANT
Kids are notoriously bad brushers and tend to ignore the problem areas in the back of the mouth that lead to cavities and decay, making them the prime target market for sealants. (However, if adults have specific problem areas that could be cured with sealants, this could also be an option for them.) The American Dental Association recommends that kids receive dental sealants as soon as their adult teeth erupt.
Those more susceptible to cavities and decay – whether they are genetically prone to cavities, don’t have excellent oral hygiene habits, or lack access to dental care – should consider getting dental sealants as a preventative measure.
HOW DENTAL SEALANTS WORK
Dental sealants fill in and smooth out the grooves and fissures in your teeth that tend to hide food particles and attract cavity-causing bacteria. According to the American Dental Association, sealants work by “sealing out’ food and plaque… [because] toothbrush bristles cannot reach into the depressions and grooves.”
HOW LONG DENTAL SEALANTS LAST
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DENTAL SEALANTS
Using Fluoride To Protect Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist every six months is a good routine for oral health. We recommend that you rinse with fluoride — a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay — it helps keep your teeth healthy and strong!
Fluoride effectively prevents cavities and tooth decay by coating your teeth and preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface.
Receiving A Fluoride Treatment From Your Dentist
A fluoride treatment in our office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, you may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
Depending on your oral health or Dr. Yaron’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every 6 or 12 months.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PROPER FLUORIDE TREATMENT
Take care of your teeth and smile bright with dental fluoride treatments! When choosing your at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA and approved based on safety and effectiveness.
Do you want to keep your children from having to suffer from cavities and undergo fillings or crowning? Does acid reflux or your unique oral environment make you prone to frequent tooth decay? Talk with us about preventive dental care, and ask specifically about sealants and fluoride. Call us now to reserve dental checkups and cleanings for your whole family.