Sealants and Fluoride Protect Kids’ Teeth
Younger children often lack the dexterity or the attention span to thoroughly brush and floss their teeth. These limitations, combined with food stuck in the pits and grooves on back teeth, can lead to cavities. Dr. Greenfield often recommends dental sealants to protect hard-to-reach back teeth.
What Are Sealants?
Dental sealants are a liquid plastic material that hardens onto teeth, preventing food from lodging in the crevices and causing tooth decay. Sealants offer added protection during the cavity-prone years of youth. Quick and easy to apply, Dr. Greenfield will thoroughly clean and dry your child’s teeth, then simply brush the clear plastic coating onto each tooth.
Why Do Kids Need Fluoride?
Though most people get enough fluoride in their drinking water, Dr. Greenfield often recommends topical fluoride treatments. Applied by the dentist or hygienist, this concentrated dose of fluoride provides another layer of defense for your children’s teeth. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that attracts other minerals that together strengthen tooth enamel, protecting your teeth against decay. Now-a-days, many babies and children drink non-fluoridated bottled water, which makes an even stronger case for fluoride application..
Keeping a Healthy Smile
Even with fluoride and sealants, your children need to brush and floss regularly under your supervision, and visit the dentist every six months for routine checkups.
Learn More About Sealants and Fluoride
To find out if dental sealants and fluoride can protect your or your child’s teeth, schedule a visit by calling Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.
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