Sealants and fluoride treatments are non-invasive methods of preventing tooth decay. More than 50 years of research back the advantages of fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral in almost all food we eat. Most of our tap water, as well as many toothpastes and mouthwashes, contain fluoride. Fluoride is applied topically to the teeth during a fluoride treatment, which is absorbed into the enamel. Your back teeth’s surfaces, which are particularly abrasive and prone to trapping food particles, are coated with a sealant. Your back teeth’s flat surfaces from the sealant prevent food and bacteria from getting in, preventing tooth decay. Sealants and fluoride treatments are frequently combined with increasing your resistance to tooth decay.
Who Needs a Sealant or Fluoride Treatment?
Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are particularly advantageous for kids and teenagers because they are primarily preventative measures. Adults without deterioration are also excellent possibilities. A sealant is advisable as soon as youngsters erupt their permanent molars. If a child’s baby teeth are susceptible to cavities, a sealant may also be beneficial to keep those teeth from falling out too soon. Your dentist may also recommend taking supplemental fluoride in the form of drops or caplets. If you think a fluoride supplement would benefit you, ask us.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants, according to research, can endure for many years and greatly lower the risk of cavities, protecting your child throughout the cavity-prone years. Sealants will last longer if you practise good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. During routine dental checkups, we will inspect the sealants and, if necessary, suggest reapplication or repair.