Sealants, Fluoride Fight Tooth Decay
Sometimes it’s better to work alone, and sometimes it’s better to work as a team. That’s true in comic books, and it’s true in family and general dentistry , too.
A great example of this are the dental cleanings that we provide at Hubbard & Leath Dental. When your family visits our office, you can count on thorough and professional cleanings by our dental hygienists.
You could stop there … or you could take your dental care to another level with fluoride treatments and dental sealants. If the cleanings were Batman, then the fluoride and sealants would be like Robin … and another Robin.
The next time you make an appointment , ask about getting a fluoride treatment, sealants, or both during your visit.
What Is Fluoride?
You may have heard a lot of things about fluoride, and unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about what it is or what it can do.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral. It can be found in almost all natural water sources. It is true that too much fluoride can damage your teeth, but you are unlikely to have this issue unless you get all your drinking water from a natural source that happens to have high levels of this mineral.
When used correctly, fluoride is beneficial in fighting tooth decay. Fluoride can repair small problems with the enamel of your teeth, and it can strengthen in the enamel against the bacteria that cause cavities.
Occasional fluoride treatments like we offer to our patients are done to improve the health of your teeth. They are part of the way we help you and your family fight tooth decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants serve a different purpose help in a different way. We can explain what sealants do with an analogy.
Let’s say you saw some ants in your house. Killing them might only be a temporary fix. The next day you find more ants, so you follow their movements, and you find the exact place there they are entering your house.
With this knowledge, you can fill in the hole and get rid of the remaining ants. By filling the hole, you have created a barrier that makes it more difficult for the ants to get back into your home.
Dental sealants are similar to the material you used to fill the hole. Sealants also create a barrier to protect your most vulnerable teeth against the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Sealants are a kind of plastic material that can be painted on the chewing surface of your molars. These are the larger and flatter teeth in the back of your mouth. Since you use these to chew food, they are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
The nooks in the top of the molars can provide hiding places for bacteria. By applying sealants to these surfaces, you have created an obstacle in the way of bacteria that may be trying to attack your teeth.
A Pleasant Experience For All Our Special Patients
When you come to our office for a dental cleaning, you can count on our staff doing what they can to help you and your family feel comfortable.
We always enjoy getting to meet new patients. Our hope is that this will be the start of a lasting relationship, and we are confident you will want to come back when you get a chance to meet our team.
We know that you can go to any dentist office for a cleaning, which is why we want you visits with us to be different. We want you to feel as comfortable in our dentist chairs as you do at home.
And you may go home with more than just a nice, clean set of teeth. Every day we pick a patient of the day to receive a gift card.
But we also treat every patient who walks through our doors as someone special. We are grateful you have chosen to visit us for your dental care.
We offer a variety of comfort options as well. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more pleasant, please let us know.
Working Together For You
Just like our team at Hubbard & Leath Dental works hard on behalf of each of our patients, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants work together to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.