Preventative dental treatment is one of the most important aspects of dentistry, especially for children. While prevention certainly begins with practicing proper oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet and receiving regular checkups, there are some treatments we can administer that help strengthen teeth to prevent dental injuries and tooth decay. Two of the most common preventive treatments include the administration of fluoride and the application of dental sealants.
Tooth enamel is made of minerals, and when exposed to strong acid, its mineral content (and strength) can be stripped away. A naturally occurring mineral, fluoride is scientifically proven to strengthen teeth by attracting minerals to the surface of tooth enamel, which will ultimately help replenish lost mineral content. Strong, healthy tooth enamel is key to protecting teeth against cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride treatments are quick and easy and simply involve applying a fluoridated varnish or gel to the teeth.
Dental sealants are another preventive method for protecting teeth from bacteria and decay. Using a disease-resistant, plastic compound, sealants are applied over the pits and grooves of the teeth and quickly hardened with a curing light. This ensures that the biting surfaces of the teeth are more protected against damage and harmful bacteria.
Receiving fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants are non-invasive and cost-effective. If decay does form, our dentists can treat dental caries with restorations like fillings or crowns. During all types of treatment, we employ the use of anesthetics when necessary to promote comfort and relaxation.
All Dental Depot locations welcome new patients. To learn more about our preventative treatments, contact a Dental Depot office to schedule an appointment for you or your child.