Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
Preventing dental decay begins at home with good home care practices, the proper products, and consistency!
You should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily – in the morning and before you go to bed. If you feel like you want to brush your teeth midday, you are more than welcome to! Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is the appropriate size for your mouth. A toothbrush that is too big will be hard to fit toward the back of your mouth and may feel uncomfortable.
Brush gently, angling the bristles toward your gum line where bacteria most like to collect. Use the tips of the bristles to clean your teeth – harder is not better. If your toothbrush looks frayed, you are probably brushing too hard. Don’t forget to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
When you floss, use floss that glides between your teeth easily. Some people prefer waxed floss or even ribbon floss that is flat and coated for easy flossing. Other people, with larger spaces between their teeth may prefer unwaxed or woven floss.
Floss each side of each tooth and behind your back teeth using a gentle up and down motion. The goal is to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Taking your time is essential!
Enamel-Strengthening Fluoride Treatments
Some people are more prone to dental decay than others, and it tends to run in families. The bacteria that cause decay and gum disease are actually contagious! Practicing good dental hygiene is beneficial for your entire family.
Bacteria create an acidic environment in your mouth that softens your protective tooth enamel. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen your enamel and keep it strong. Many people think of fluoride treatments as something for children. Adults who experience decay, who experience dry mouth, who have had extensive dental restorations or who have gum recession or tooth sensitivity may benefit from regular fluoride treatments.
Protective Dental Sealants
Dental sealants work by providing a protective barrier between food particles, bacteria, and the chewing surface of your teeth. Some people have exceptionally deep grooves in their teeth that brushing alone cannot clean. We can apply a dental sealant to those grooves and keep out unwanted decay!
Applying dental sealants is fast, easy, and affordable. They last for many years and can be replaced, if necessary.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic material that will not affect the appearance of your smile.
Call Our St. Anthony, MN Dental Office
If you want to prevent decay or if you think you may need a filling, contact our office to schedule an exam with Dr. Joe Osterbauer. Our focus on exceptional patient care and preventive dentistry will keep you smiling.