It not only makes sense in terms of dental health but also in getting accustomed to the sight of a dentist and learning healthy oral habits early in life.
Kelly Road Dental Care is excited to share our practice with you and your family. Besides experience, knowledge, and special pediatric training, a skilled dentist knows how to get to your child’s mouth without pain, discomfort, pressure, or trauma. A child-friendly environment offered by Kelly Road Dental Care is the right place for your family’s dental needs, including sealants and fluoride treatments.
What are dental sealants?
If you’re a parent, you have probably experienced, at one point, a battlefield when trying to brush your child’s teeth, especially the ones located in the back – molars. If your child has a strong sense of autonomy, you might be biting your tongue while watching them brush and floss their own teeth. You really want to grab that toothbrush and finish the job. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for adults to neglect molars either – they are hard to get to, have a rough, uneven structure, and love to trap the leftover foods.
Since brushing and flossing are not always enough, there is a way to protect your and your child’s teeth from dreadful cavities. We’re talking about dental sealants – thin coatings that act as a guard against bacteria accumulation that leads to dental decay and cavities. The protective sealants are made of medical-grade plastic, adhering to the surface of your back teeth. It is estimated that sealants can decrease the risk of tooth decay by approximately 80% in molars. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, school-age children without sealants experience molar cavities nearly three times as much as those who have had the sealants applied.
What can I expect from sealants?
Your child’s first molars appear around their 6th birthday, which is usually an excellent time to start applying sealants to their teeth. Dental sealing can also protect your adult molars from the damaging effects of bacteria and acid. Think of the sealants as a shield guarding your teeth against all the environmental factors and microorganisms that continuously look for ways to attack. Give your children a good start to healthy teeth and gums.
How are sealants applied?
The procedure is fast and pain-free. Your teeth are first thoroughly cleaned and dried. Then a dentist will apply an acidic gel to strengthen the bond between your tooth and sealant. When rinsed, we dry your teeth again and proceed with sealant application to the surface of your molars. When finished, the coating is hardened with a special dental blue light.
What is fluoride treatment?
As the name suggests, the main ingredient in fluoride treatment is fluoride. Fluorine is an element characterized by high chemical activity, which means it can be harmful in vast amounts. However, its lack leads to disturbances in the functioning of the body, especially in the form of bone and tooth diseases.
Fluoride is supplied to the body with food and water. Nuts, seafood, dairy products, legumes, and tea are rich sources of fluoride. The element is also present in oral hygiene products, such as toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. So, what are the benefits of fluoride on our teeth?
- Immunizes tooth enamel to harmful acids and bacteria,
- Supports the remineralization of enamel, such as reconstruction in places where small cavities appear,
- Inhibits the growth of bacteria that contribute to the formation of caries,
- Creates a barrier on the teeth that prevents plaque and tartar accumulation,
Since fluoride has a significant effect on strengthening the enamel, it has been used in dental procedures to protect teeth against decay. Fluoride treatment is the most common practice among children and even adults. It consists of applying a special gel with a high concentration of fluoride on the surface of your teeth.
What does fluoride treatment look like?
Fluoride treatment is a simple, painless, and safe procedure. A dentist applies highly concentrated gels to the surface of your teeth.
The first stage of the fluoride treatment process consists of thorough cleaning of the teeth to eliminate any dirt, plaque, and food residues. Cleaning is done with a special rotating brush. Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist proceeds with fluoride application.
At Kelly Road, we care about your family’s dental health. Our child-friendly environment, with a competent and dynamic team of experts, is waiting for you to kickstart your oral health journey. We want to guide you every step of the way to achieve long-lasting results and optimal satisfaction with your dazzling smile.