Flouride and Sealants
Extra Protection for Cavity-Prone Patients
Some patients, despite careful cleaning and regular checkups, have a strong tendency to develop tooth decay. Children are especially prone to cavities, as they are still learning how to properly clean their teeth and may miss a few spots along the way. Even some older patients may have trouble keeping their teeth free of plaque because of limited range of motion. Additionally, certain health conditions or medications may increase your risk of developing cavities no matter how scrupulously you clean your teeth. In all of our practices, Stockton, Sacarmento, Lodi and Sparks NV.for these patients, our dentists provide professional-strength fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
A mineral that helps protect and strengthen your tooth enamel, fluoride is added to many city water systems and toothpastes. Most patients find that the amount of fluoride in their toothpastes and water is enough to protect their teeth from decay. Cavity-prone patients, however, may need the added protection of professional fluoride treatments from their Modern Dental Health dentists. Consisting of a gel, varnish, or mouth rinse applied to the teeth, this high concentration of fluoride can help remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel.
Dental Sealants for Added Protection
For some patients, fluoride treatments aren’t enough to help protect their molars from decay. Because the back teeth have depressions that collect food debris, plaque, and bacteria, they are naturally at an increased risk of decay. To help combat this problem, Your dentist at Modern Dental Health offer dental sealants. These thin plastic coatings are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars in a liquid form and then hardened to create a barrier between the teeth and decay-causing substances. Your sealants will last for several years, but it is important to note that they only protect the tooth areas that they cover. Therefore, regular cleanings and fluoride treatments are still in order to help protect other tooth surfaces from damage.