Protecting Your Teeth From The Very Start
Children, in particular, experience significant advantages from fluoride treatment. As their adult teeth emerge, these treatments play a crucial role in combating tooth decay through a process known as remineralization. The acids present in plaque and certain foods have the potential to erode tooth enamel by depleting essential minerals. By undergoing fluoride treatment, this process is halted and reversed, resulting in stronger tooth enamel that is highly resistant to decay.
The chewing surfaces of molars contain intricate grooves and fissures that can easily trap acidic plaque and food particles, posing a challenge for thorough cleaning. When children’s new molars emerge, the application of dental sealants becomes invaluable in keeping debris at bay, safeguarding their natural teeth, and preventing decay. Dental sealants act as a protective shield, forming a barrier over these vulnerable areas, ensuring enhanced protection and peace of mind for your child’s oral health.
Why opt for sealants and fluoride?
The Canadian Dental Association supports the appropriate and selective use of sealants for both primary and permanent teeth based on a risk assessment and diagnosis by a dentist. According to the CDA, sealants are an important component of a comprehensive preventive program, which includes nutritional counselling, optimal fluoride exposure, good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations.
Reduce tooth sensitivity
The enamel is just the outter-most layer of a tooth. Underneath the enamel, a tooth is made up of dentin, pulp and nerve. Dentin helps support the structure of your tooth but it can’t protect the nerve of the tooth from hot and cold or acid and sticky foods. If the enamel becomes thin and worn, teeth will become sensitive. Fluoride and sealants keep the enamel in tip-top condition so that it can continue to protect your sensitive dentin from the elements.
Prevent and reverse decay
Worn enamel can continue to decay until a cavity forms. In addition to causing tooth sensitivity, exposed dentin comes with the added risk of infection which can be extremely painful and may require a root canal to save the tooth. Rebuilding enamel with fluoride treatment and shielding problem areas from plaque build-up helps to prevent decay and even strengthens teeth.
Save money in the long run
An ounce of prevention now is worth a pound of cure tomorrow. Fluoride and sealants are a relatively inexpensive treatment and will prevent the need for more costly procedures that would be required if tooth decay is allowed to progress.
The Fluoridation And Sealant Process
Typically, fluoride treatments are incorporated into your child’s annual teeth cleaning and exam. Sealants, on the other hand, are applied as necessary, such as after a new molar emerges or if the dentist identifies a problem area on a tooth’s biting surface.
Our office-administered fluoride treatment is more potent than store-bought options, as it is supervised by medical professionals. Typically, we utilize a foam or gel fluoride treatment applied in an upper and lower tray. This quick procedure takes just a few minutes to complete following a teeth cleaning. We recommend patients refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes after treatment to maximize its effectiveness.
Dental sealant application
Sealant application is painless and drill-free. After cleaning and drying the tooth, a mild acidic gel is applied to roughen the surface. Sealant is then carefully pressed into the grooves and cured with a blue light. The result is a comfortable, natural-feeling bite.
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During your consultation, we’ll conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and soft tissues, as well as your bite’s shape and condition. Our goal is to assess the overall look and function of your mouth before planning your treatment. We prioritize understanding your smile’s health and aesthetic, along with your personal goals, to create a tailored plan that helps you achieve your desired outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
After a fluoride treatment, it’s recommended to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to be fully absorbed by the teeth. If you eat or drink too soon after the treatment, you may wash away the fluoride before it has had a chance to penetrate the tooth surface and provide its full benefits. Additionally, avoiding brushing or rinsing the mouth for a few hours after the treatment can further enhance its effectiveness.
A fluoride treatment typically takes only a few minutes to complete. The dentist will apply the fluoride solution to the teeth and leave it for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the tooth surface.
Yes, fluoride treatment is safe when used appropriately. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in soil, water, and some foods. It has been shown to be effective in preventing tooth decay and promoting remineralization and has been used all over the world for generations.
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. However, they may need to be repaired or replaced if they become damaged or worn over time.
Dental sealants are clear or tooth-coloured, making them virtually invisible. They blend in with the natural colour of the teeth and do not affect their appearance.