With our kid-oriented style and fun personalities, we get children excited about their dental care, helping them to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. The recommended time a child should see his dentist is when the first teeth erupt in the oral cavity.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth against tooth decay protecting them from cavities. Using fluoride is considered important for having healthy and strong teeth. You can find fluoride in toothpaste, water, food, rocks, air, soil and plants.
Dentists recommend the used of fluoride because it strengthens tooth enamel and makes the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria, thus preventing tooth decay. If you visit your dentist, he/she may apply a fluoride treatment of higher doses than is found in commercial products to help give extra protection against tooth decay and/or to alleviate tooth sensitivity.
A dental sealant is a plastic material placed on the top surface of the back teeth to prevent cavities. Dental sealants are primarily a preventive treatment for permanent teeth and are used mainly on children and teenagers because they have higher potential to develop cavities, but adults that may be in high risk should have them too.
Dental sealants prevent tooth decay caused by dental plaque and can last more than 5 years. This procedure is done at the dentist's office and is painless. First, the chewing surface of the tooth is cleaned and dried. Then, the dentist applies a thin layer of the sealant on the pits and fissures of the tooth. Next, the sealant material is dried with blue spectrum natural light and becomes hard.