Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. A sealant is a simple procedure in which Haseeb Abbas Mohammad, DDS places a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin. This technique is usually done on permanent molars as soon as they have come in enough to be sealed. Sometimes primary molars have grooves deep enough to require sealing, as well. At less than half the cost of conventional fillings & without any anesthetics or drilling, sealants are one of the most important preventive tools Northlake Dental Clinic offers.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to both prevent tooth decay & even reverse it in the early stages. Fluoride acts by strengthening your enamel, which is the hard shiny outer layer of your teeth that protects the softer, more vulnerable dentin beneath. Fluoride can re-mineralize tiny micro-cavities before they have the chance to grow into larger cavities & cause problems.
We recommend fluoride as a preventive treatment for children. Fluoride treatments are usually done at six-month cleaning appointments & usually take the form of a rinse or varnish that is applied directly to the teeth. We may also recommend fluoride treatments for adults who are a high risk of tooth decay.
And of course, we always recommend that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Call us at Northlake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment today!