Sealants and Fluoride
Sealants and fluoride are two dental treatments we can use to strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities from forming. Compared to other options, sealants and fluoride are quick, simple, and inexpensive. The application time for each is short – making them perfect for even the most nervous members of your family. At Semans Family Dentistry, we can use these simple, effective preventive treatments to keep you and your family’s teeth healthy and cavity-free.
Why is Preventive Dentistry Important?
Dental issues tend to progress quickly. If cavities and decay are allowed to develop, they can quickly cause severe damage to your:
- Tooth roots
If left untreated, these issues can be painful and costly to fix. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing are sometimes not enough to prevent tooth decay. That is why preventive services, like sealants and fluoride, are so important. By strengthening your smile, we can stop unpleasant dental problems in their tracks.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are thin layers of composite resin that protect the teeth from cavities. Sealants act as shields across the surface of your teeth, preventing food particles and bacteria from becoming lodged into the cracks and crevices of the molars. They are inexpensive and are easy to apply. To do this, Dr. Tom Semans will carefully paint the sealant liquid onto the teeth. Once in place, the composite resin will solidify and harden.
When properly cared for, sealants can last up to ten years. Dr. Semans generally recommends sealants for children between the ages of 6-12. These will help protect your child’s teeth while they develop good brushing and flossing habits. Dr. Semans may also recommend sealants for teens and adults who are prone to developing cavities.
What is Fluoride?
Our office uses fluoride varnish, the most effective and safe way to apply fluoride topically. Fluoride varnish REPAIRS and STRENGTHENS tooth enamel and lowers cavity-causing oral bacteria levels. In addition, it can be beneficial in decreasing tooth sensitivity. It is endorsed by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The varnish is painted on the teeth quickly and easily and has a pleasant taste. It is a safe and preventative treatment for our youngest to our senior patients.
Are Sealants and Fluoride Just for Kids?
There is a common misconception that sealants and fluoride are only for children. In reality, Dr. Semans recommends these services for patients of all ages! Whether you are a young adult or senior, sealants and fluoride can be an excellent way to give your teeth extra strength and protection.
If you would like to learn more about sealants, fluoride, and our other preventive treatments at Semans Family Dentistry, please call our office at (330) 867-4461, send us an email, or schedule an appointment online. A member of our team will be happy to answer any of your questions or schedule an appointment!