The basis of sound dental care is routine professional cleaning and maintenance at a dental office. We customize cleanings on the basis of your periodontal health (gum and bone health). We utilize medicated powders along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas if necessary. Ultrasonic scalers are used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.
Sealants should be used as part of a child's total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. It is an easy three-step process. First, we clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. Then, a special cleansing liquid is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.
Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied varnishes.
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Melanie Pugh, DMD
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