The Benefits of Fluoride and Sealants

Fluoride & SealantsThe dental field is constantly improving and advancing in technology! There are new and improved methods of dental treatments and restoration work implemented every single day. Two treatment methods that have proved to be extremely beneficial throughout the years are fluoride treatments and sealants. Continue reading for more information about the benefits associated with both treatments.

Fluoride Treatments
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is extremely beneficial in the promotion of strong, healthy tooth enamel. Fluoride also aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities!

Topical fluoride treatment is applied to the teeth beginning in childhood years, as early as six months of age. This is done in order to facilitate healthy growth and development of teeth. Fluoride is also commonly found in toothpaste and drinking water as an additional way for individuals to keep their teeth healthy and free of decay. The fluoridation of drinking water has grown in popularity around the world, and has proven to have a positive effect on the teeth!

Sealant Treatments
Sealants are protective plastic coatings applied to the teeth in order to provide additional protection against cavities and tooth decay. Did you know sealants aid in the prevention of decay and risk of developing cavities by approximately 80 percent? The idea behind sealants is to provide a “safety net” of sorts that helps individuals avoid tooth decay, even in the areas they may fail to brush or floss correctly.

Sealants are used for treatment in both children and adults, though they are more commonly applied for children. This is due to the fact children are much more likely to miss spots in the mouth while brushing or flossing, and they are more likely to practice incorrect brushing habits while they are still learning how to properly care for their teeth.

Sealants can last in the mouth on an average of ten years and can be easily replaced by a dental professional once they have become worn out or chipped. The status of sealants are checked during regular dental examinations in order to catch the deterioration or decay in the tooth structure before it poses significant damage.

There are various benefits of both fluoride and sealant treatments. Talk with the team at Jenks Pediatric Dental to determine if fluoride or sealant treatments would be right for you or your children. Call or text Jenks Pediatric Dental to schedule your appointment!