Preventative Dental Care
If you worry about your dental health, you should be thinking about preventative dental care to keep your teeth healthy. Teach Dental Group offers superior care for preventative dentistry.
Preventative Dental Care | Preventing Cavities
Decay is a process. The bacteria in the mouth consume the simple sugars that we eat. To prevent decay, sugar must be eaten less frequently, and everyone should practice proper dental care. Daily brushing and flossing, plus fluoride treatments, dental cleanings, and receiving sealants, can all stave off the incidence of cavities.
Preventative Dental Care | Preventing Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
The one way to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis is through consistent, proper oral hygiene: brushing, flossing, and limiting the amount of simple sugars in the diet. Unfortunately, sugar is in nearly everything that we eat today. The amount of sugar, though, is less important than the frequency that it appears in one’s diet. If you were to eat a candy bar, it would be better to eat it all at once than to eat one piece every hour until the candy bar was gone. In the latter case, the sugars in the bar would keep the pH level in your mouth low, which would allow acids to cause decay and the inflammation of the gum tissue, which is the cause of gingivitis.
Preventative Dental Care | Dental Sealants
Dental sealant is a plastic coating that is usually placed on the posterior teeth, that is, the teeth in the back of the mouth. Those teeth have deep grooves and fissures, and when the sealant covers those areas of the teeth, it prevents the bacteria from getting in and causing decay. We prefer to seal the teeth as soon as they erupt (grow in), so sealants are often performed around age six, just after the baby teeth start to fall out, and again at age twelve, when the molars erupt.
Sometimes adults may need sealants; as time goes on, these grooves in the teeth start to become sticky, and a dentist can arrest the process of decay by placing a sealant. Our office has placed sealants that last up to 30 years. Regardless of age, though, coating teeth in dental sealants is a beneficial procedure.
Teach Dental Group is highly experienced in providing preventative dental care treatment, so you have the best dental health possible. Please call our Buffalo office to schedule an appointment today!