Sealants & Fluoride
Simple Ways to Prevent Decay
Dental sealants and fluoride varnishes are common, safe, and effective methods of preventing tooth decay. A dental sealant is a plastic coating that protects the tooth from developing pit and fissure decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and can even reverse early-stage decay.
Sealants: Sealing Out Decay
Even children who brush and floss regularly can still be at risk for tooth decay. Toothbrush bristles often can’t reach the chewing surfaces of back teeth to extract food and plaque. Dental sealants are a plastic material bonded to the chewing surface of molars to help protect vulnerable areas from decay. The procedure is fast, safe, and sealants are effective when properly maintained.
Fluoride: Nature’s Cavity Fighter
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent the incidence of tooth decay. Though most tap water contains fluoride, bottled water does not. The American Dental Association recommends fluoride treatments for children as soon as teeth emerge. This simple preventive measure can repair teeth at risk for decay, and create a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay. Our office uses fluoride varnish, which is one of the safest and most effective fluoride products on the market.