Fluoride Treatments & Dental Sealants
Two services we commonly provide for pediatric patients at Paragon Dentistry are fluoride treatments and dental sealants, but patients of all ages can benefit from these preventive treatments.
Plaque causes wear and tear on tooth enamel in a process known as demineralization. Every time we consume foods and drinks with sugars, the bacteria in our mouths break down these sugars and convert them to lactic acid. This lactic acid byproduct is responsible for the dissolving, or demineralization, of our teeth. Over time, demineralization causes cavities (holes) to form on teeth. Fluoride is a natural mineral that promotes enamel remineralization, which can help strengthen teeth, protect them against decay and, in some cases, even reverse cavities in their beginning stages. At Paragon Dentistry, Drs. Nelson and Jason Hui value conservative dentistry and always recommend fluoride for cavities in their beginning stages because the tooth can often heal itself naturally over time.
Fluoride toothpaste is the easiest way to expose teeth to fluoride, but studies have shown that multiple sources of fluoride produce the greatest benefit. There are a number of gels, mouth rinses, and in-office fluoride treatments available that offer additional exposure when needed.
Sealants also work to protect teeth against decay. The chewing surfaces of our back teeth contain many deep grooves. The more grooves that are present, the more surface area there is for bacteria to colonize upon. Sealants serve to eliminate this problem by creating a physical defense barrier against cavities when applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth where food particles can get stuck. Application of dental sealants is fast and comfortable. The tooth requiring the dental sealant is first cleaned thoroughly to remove all bacteria; afterward, the white, liquid sealant material is carefully bonded in the grooves of the tooth and light activated to its final hardened state. This procedure is non-invasive and offers years of protection for children’s and adults’ teeth alike.