Fluoride and Sealants to Protect Your Smile
When it comes to defending your smile against tooth decay, patients often think that brushing and flossing is enough. But there’s more that you can do to prevent plaque and cavity-causing bacteria from forming. Here in San Mateo, CA, we offer fluoride cleanings and sealants to put a physical barrier between your enamel and plaque. How do these work? Read along to find out.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is an element that strengthens the enamel and prevents tooth decay from forming. While naturally found in lots of food items, such as tap water, fish, and eggs, fluoride treatment at a dental office provides an extra strength dose that can protect your smile for months.
Fluoride treatment is frequently administered in a varnish that’s applied to the teeth.
Are Sealants Safe?
Absolutely! Sealants are an extra precaution that coats the tooth to protect it against all kinds of disease. They are similar to plastic coatings around the tooth, but are completely safe. Here’s how it works:
- The tooth is cleaned and thoroughly dried
- A solution is placed over the tooth to make the sealant stick to the surface
- The sealant is applied to the tooth’s surface as a liquid, and it hardens around the tooth
It’s recommended that children get sealants on their permanent teeth as soon as they erupt, in order to protect from potential threats such as bacteria and decay. Ask your child’s pediatric dentist if they need sealants.
Should You Choose Fluoride Treatment or Sealants?
Undecided about what’s best for you? Don’t worry! Instead, ask us about a consultation with Dr. T. Jeff Powers or Dr. Diana C. Powers. Together we’ll discuss the differences between fluoride treatment and sealants, and see which one would best suit your situation, no matter your age.