Discover The Benefits Of Fluoride And Sealants
- May 22, 2017
Now that Memorial Day Weekend, and the unofficial start of summer 2017 is upon us, this is the perfect time to schedule a little extra maintenance for your teeth and gums. As your partner for oral health, the team here at Gentle Dental Care would like to offer you the opportunity to add more layers of protection to your smile, as often as possible.
You won’t have much to worry about if you are doing your part at home and scheduling regular visits to our office. Still, keeping your mouth clean and free of disease is a never-ending (often thankless) job.
Our comprehensive dental exams and professional-strength teeth cleanings will go a long way, but if you really want to go the extra mile for your smile, you should look into fluoride and sealants the next time you are here.
Here’s why: as bacteria gathers on your teeth, it forms a clingy film known as plaque.
The bacteria in plaque feeds on sugar from your food and changes it into acid that corrodes your tooth enamel and causes decay. That could lead to deeper problems for you because once the bacteria advances beneath your gumline, you could be dealing with gingivitis and periodontal disease, two types of gum disease that can wreak havoc in your mouth, and quite possibly, on the rest of your body, if it gets into your bloodstream.
But, that doesn’t have to be your fate! Keep reading to hear more about fluoride and dental sealants, and then be sure to get in touch with us to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Peltzer!
Fluoride is extremely effective at stopping plaque (and bacteria) in its tracks. Fluoride actually forms its own protective film on your teeth. This film disables the bacteria’s ability to stick together, which makes it nearly impossible for plaque to gain a foothold on your teeth.
Additionally, fluoride can slow down the conversion of sugar into acid, buying you some time to fight off the bacteria. It also aids in a process known as remineralization, wherein your body uses calcium to replace the minerals lost from the early stages of tooth decay.
The thing to remember is that fluoride protects your teeth and helps repair damage. As such, it ought to be a part of your oral hygiene routine! That is why, at Gentle Dental Care, we offer several topical fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.
Seal Your Smile
Did you know that the biting surfaces on your back teeth have pits and grooves that are too small for even the bristles of a toothbrush to reach? True story!
Remember the dangerous bacteria we discussed earlier? Well, it loves to hide in these crevices, which can lead to cavities and worse. But if you are ready to fight back, we can incorporate sealants into your preventive dentistry program.
What is a dental sealant? Simply put, sealants are a plastic material that is brushed on the biting surfaces of any teeth that are at higher risk for decay. This sealant acts as a barrier between your teeth and the bacteria in your mouth. Easy enough, right? The nice thing is that these work for children and adults alike!
Learn More, Get Started!
We hope that this has been helpful information. To schedule an appointment and further explore preventive dentistry, call Gentle Dental Care of Plainville, CT at 860-479-2397!