Go The Extra Mile For Your Smile This Summer
- May 26, 2016
Welcome to our central Connecticut dental blog!
Now that summer is almost here, things become a little less structured in our lives. Even so, we hope that you won’t be relaxing your oral health habits. You’ve worked to hard to let your smile go by the wayside.
In fact, this is the perfect time to schedule a little extra maintenance for your teeth and gums. At Gentle Dental Care, we like to offer you the opportunity to add more layers of protection to your teeth, whenever we can. When you think about it, that’s really what preventive dentistry is all about.
You should be brushing, rinsing, and flossing daily. But keeping your mouth clean and free of disease is a never-ending job. 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 real trouble for you because once the bacteria advances beneath your gumline, you could be dealing with gingivitis and periodontal disease, two progressively worse types of gum disease that can wreak havoc in your mouth, and quite possibly, the rest of your body.
Dental exams and 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.
The Good News About Fluoride
The Good news is that fluoride is very effective at stopping this process in its tracks. Fluoride actually forms its own protective film on your teeth. This film thwarts the bacteria’s ability to stick together, which makes it nearly impossible for plaque to gain a foothold on your teeth.
Beyond that, 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 takeaway 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 The Deal!
You may not realize it, but the biting surfaces on your back teeth have pits and grooves that are too small for even the bristles of a toothbrush to reach.
The dangerous bacteria we discussed earlier loves to hide in these crevices, which can lead to tooth decay. But if you are interested, we can incorporate sealants into your preventive care.
A dental sealant is simply 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.
Get That Added Protection Today!
To schedule an appointment to go deeper with preventive dentistry, call Gentle Dental Care of Plainville, CT at 860-479-2397!