At Michelsen Dental in Orange CA, we are devoted to preventative dentistry and the dental health of our patients.
The goal of preventative dentistry is to preserve oral health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes necessary. In other words, preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you get bi-annual exams and dental cleanings. With little ones, dental sealants might be a good option.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, generally used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.
Despite efforts to keep children’s teeth healthy, many kids develop cavities. Since the rate of tooth decay typically declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.
Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10 year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life – even if no additional decay ensues. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened.
Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years and can be re-applied as needed.
Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings help ensure that teeth are strong and clean and will last a lifetime. And that’s what we are aimig for! At Michelsen Dental in Orange CA, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
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