Treatments Your Family Dentist Can Use To Reduce The Risk Of Cavities

Most people think about dentists as practitioners who treat cavities. And indeed, if you have a cavity, you should see a dentist for a filling, or in some cases, a crown. However, dentists actually prefer to take a preventative approach, meaning they also offer services that help protect against cavities. Here's a look at some of those main services and treatments. 

Teeth Cleaning

Yes, the biannual teeth cleaning appointments your dentists recommends are for more than just keeping your teeth looking clean. A professional cleaning is really the only way to remove tartar, which is a calcified substance containing bacteria and old saliva. Removing tartar decreases the overall bacterial load in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. So keep those biannual cleaning appointments and make them a priority for both you and the kids.

Sealents

Sealants are basically pieces of a plastic-like material that are inserted into the grooves of back molars. The substance is liquid when it is applied, but it hardens within seconds. Sealants are most often used for kids, but they can be used for adults, too. They basically form a barrier between your tooth and the rest of your mouth, preventing the deep, hard-to-clean crevices of your molars from being exposed to oral bacteria that would cause cavities. Sealants stay in place for about 10 years, and they don't cause any damage when they do fall out. Your dentist can apply new ones once the original set falls out. The deeper the grooves in your molars, the greater your need for sealants.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a mineral that your teeth need in order to built strong enamel. It's not even that important that you swallow the fluoride; your teeth just need to be exposed to it. Some people get enough just by drinking tap water, which is often fortified with fluroide, but if you primarily drink bottled water, you may not be getting enough. Your dentist can perform what's known as a fluoride treatment. Basically, you'll be asked to bite into a tray that contains fluoride, and then let the treatment sit on your teeth for a few minutes. It will then be rinsed away. The fluoride will strengthen your tooth enamel, making it resistant to cavities.

Dentists do treat cavities, but most dentists would prefer to work with you to prevent them! Contact a family dentist in your area to inquire about these and other preventative treatments.



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Chew On This Every time you take a bite of food, you should be grateful for your healthy teeth! A tooth can lose its health and structure quickly once decay sets in. Luckily, if you visit your dentist for regular appointments, the decay should not get too serious before your dentist notices it and can do something about it. That "something" is applying a filling. On the other hand, if the decay progresses too long before it is caught, you may need a crown or even an extraction. We want to keep our teeth, and we know you want to keep yours. That's why we created this website to teach you more about dentists and dental care. Enjoy!

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