Topical fluoride treatment is an important defense against the acid that weakens tooth enamel. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that works like a shield and can help rebuild early signs of tooth decay.
We use a quick brush-on fluoride varnish. After the application, we will ask your child not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to fully absorb and form a protective barrier.
We also offer Silver Diamine Fluoride, which is a more powerful way to defend enamel that is already showing signs of decay. It might also be an option for young children who aren’t ready to have fillings. SDF therapy may delay the need for fillings. Read more about SDF in our blog post.
Molars and premolars are especially vulnerable to decay because of their deep grooves or “fissures.” Sealing the tops of these teeth can help prevent cavities from forming.
Applying the sealant is a quick and painless procedure. The dentist will first clean and dry the tooth and then apply a gel to prepare the tooth for bonding with the sealant. The sealant is then applied to the grooves of the tooth and a special blue light is used to harden it. Sealants protect the teeth for years to come!
Kids who participate in most sports should consider using a custom mouthguard. After an exam and impressions of the teeth are completed, the dentist makes a guard designed to protect teeth from injury. Should your child use a mouthguard? Take the quiz!