Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments
Cavities are a common dental issue that affect nearly everyone in the United States. In fact, a recent Centers for Disease Control study shows one out of five Americans currently has at least one untreated cavity. At Councill Dental Group, we understand how widespread tooth decay can be and we believe that preventive care is vital for maximizing good oral health. With preventive dentistry, we employ innovative preventative treatments to strengthen your body’s natural defenses against tooth decay, and safeguard your overall health and well-being. Such treatments include cavity-fighting dental sealants, fluoride treatments, and laser therapy for gum disease. The results will keep you smiling for years to come.
What are Sealant and Fluoride Treatments?
Dental sealants are a plastic material that coats the teeth in the rear of the mouth. They prevent cavities from forming by acting as a barrier against the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Sealants offer a smooth surface that bacteria and food particles cannot adhere to. Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass typically recommend this treatment for younger patients who have difficulty reaching the molars when brushing. The plastic composite material used for dental sealants is virtually impossible to tell apart from natural tooth matter. In fact, in most cases, only a dentist will be able to tell you have sealants on your teeth.
Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral that improves the strength of your outer enamel. Strong enamel allows your teeth to stand up to plaque buildup and bacteria, potentially avoiding the onset of tooth decay. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth enamel, strengthening your teeth against decay. Fluoride is typically administered in a paste form or a chewable supplement. Fluoride is such a great method for combating tooth decay that most municipal water supplies in the U.S. add fluoride to their drinking water, which has led to a drop in the rate of tooth decay in communities across the nation.
Who Qualifies for Sealants and Fluoride Treatments?
Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass recommend these treatments for patients who are at risk of developing tooth decay. We will carefully exam your teeth to see if fluoride treatments or dental sealants will help protect your smile. For patients who feel nervous about visiting the dentist, we also offer sedation dentistry to ensure a calm and relaxing experience.
With either choice, the time you spend with us will not only be comfortable and relaxing, but virtually pain-free.