FLUORIDE & SEALANTS
Fluoride can help diminish tooth sensitivity and dramatically reduce the risk of cavities. While you may get fluoride from local water sources and supplements, prescription-strength fluoride varnishes applied during preventive visits offer exceptional protection.
Our team applies professional fluoride after your dental cleanings to strengthen your teeth. It only takes a few seconds and significantly enhances your efforts to preserve your smile.
How does fluoride help my teeth?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in many water sources. We often obtain some from our water supplies, or teeth may gain exposure from a varnish, gel, toothpaste, or mouthwash. Fluoride helps remineralize weakened tooth enamel and may reverse the early stages of tooth decay. Remineralizing the enamel also reduces tooth sensitivity and helps prevent cracks from forming in teeth.
Why should I get a professional fluoride treatment?
A professional fluoride treatment is applied at your dental visit and significantly reduces the risk of cavities. Some people are more susceptible to decay, tooth sensitivity, and fractures. They may enjoy significant benefits from professional fluoride treatments.
We use a micro brush to gently apply concentrated varnish to your teeth after your cleaning in our office. This quick application strengthens the enamel and protects against decay.
How do I take care of my teeth after a professional fluoride treatment?
Even though a professional fluoride treatment helps protect your teeth from decay, daily homecare sets the tone for optimal oral health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Products that have the American Dental Association Seal provide the best assurance of quality. We advise against natural toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride, a critical protective source for your teeth.
Regular dental visits form a cornerstone for trouble-free oral hygiene. Plaque and tartar need professional removal by a hygienist to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends dental visits twice a year for patients with good oral health. But some patients may require more frequent visits depending on various risk factors.
A well-balanced diet that avoids excessive amounts of sugary foods benefits your overall well-being and oral health. Fluoride-rich foods and drinks can work hand-in-hand with topical professional fluoride treatments to help protect your teeth. Beechmont Smiles can help you evaluate if professional fluoride treatments provide benefits to you. Together, we’ll do everything possible to stop tooth decay and protect your smile!
Dental sealants create an invisible, protective barrier on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to block out decay. Back teeth (molars) feature difficult-to-clean grooves, and sealants help protect them from cavities.
Beechmont Smiles helps patients of all ages determine if dental sealants offer worthwhile protection.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin coating placed on the chewing surface of your tooth. The protective layer is made of a composite resin, similar to what we use to restore damaged teeth. A bright blue light hardens the material in a few seconds to create a strong, invisible layer that seals the grooves. Sealants last for several years and can be easily reapplied.
Why should I get dental sealants?
Prevention is key! Dental sealants prevent food and bacteria from settling into the grooves of your teeth. These hard-to-clean crevices trap plaque and bacteria and may lead to cavities. Children, as well as adults, often benefit from resin sealants.
How do I take care of dental sealants?
After the application of dental sealants, good oral hygiene further protects the teeth. Avoiding chewing ice and hard foods can help safeguard sealants from chipping.
Regular checkups allow Dr. Maney to check the sealants and ensure the grooves are still protected. She will let you know if any areas need replenishing to keep your teeth healthy.
Dental sealants provide your teeth with extra protection, but follow the guidelines from The American Dental Association: Brush your teeth two times a day and floss once a day to remove sticky plaque and bacteria.
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