Prevention in children age
Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting your children’s teeth from decay. A sealant is a composite that contains fluoride, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 10 and 14 years of age.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their ages.
Fluoride can be delivered topically and systemically.
- Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth, making them more decay resistant.Topical fluorides encourage remineralization of enamel, and also inhibit bacterial metabolism, reducing the growth of plaque bacteria. Modes of topical fluoride delivery include toothpastes, gels, mouthrinses, and professionally applied fluoride therapies.
- Systemic fluorides are those that are ingested and become incorporated into forming tooth structures. Systemic fluorides can also confer topical protection because fluoride is present in saliva, which continually bathes the teeth. Modes of systemic fluoride delivery include water fluoridation or dietary fluoride supplements in the form of tablets, drops, or lozenges.
Make an appointment and let us take care of your teeth by professional appliance of fluoride toothpaste.