Sealant and Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen teeth and prevent the incidence of tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends fluoride treatment for children as soon as teeth emerge. This simple preventive measure of applying a fluoride varnish to a child's first teeth can strengthen teeth at risk for decay and create a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay.
Applying a fluoride varnish protects a child's teeth from decay. Fluoride varnish works by repairing gaps in the tooth enamel, protecting teeth from plaque forming bacteria that likes to colonize in small pits and gaps.
Fluoride is easily applied to teeth. It dries almost immediately upon contact with clean dry teeth and will not be removed by saliva. The procedure is quick, painless, and favorable.
Sealants are a thin plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. Once children have their permanent teeth, dental sealants may be applied for the protection of molars. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping bacteria and food particles out of these grooves. Most children get their first molars between the ages of five and seven which is an appropriate time to apply sealants to help prevent cavities.
Using fluoride varnishes on your child's primary teeth and sealants on the chewing surfaces of your child's permanent teeth are both effective ways to help prevent or slow down tooth decay.