One of the most important services that we provide for our patients is preventive care. With good oral hygiene and professional maintenance, it is possible to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
- Fluoride Varnish
In addition to good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, there are other ways to protect teeth from decay. Dental sealants can protect teeth and seal them off from acids and decay-causing bacteria.
Sealants are made of plastic and are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay. The plastic fits into the deep depressions and grooves of teeth that toothbrush bristles often can't reach.
Sealants are "painted" onto the deep grooves on the biting surface of the tooth and bonded and hardened by the use of a special curing light.
Decay can begin early in life so sealants are applied to children's and teenagers' premolars and molars to protect them. Sealants can protect an adult's teeth too.
How long do sealants last? Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. The risk of decay decreases significantly after sealant application. During your regular dental visits, Dr. Crawford will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in various concentrations in soil and drinking water. During your hygiene visits, your hygienist may recommend applying a fluoride varnish after your professional cleaning to help fight tooth decay. The varnish is painted onto your cleaned teeth and remains for several hours, allowing maximum time for absorption.Learn more »