The Benefits Of Fluoride And Sealants

The dental field is under a constant state of advancement; there are new and improved methods of dental treatments and restoration work being implemented every day. Two treatment methods that have proved themselves to be extremely beneficial in the years since their establishment are fluoride treatments and sealants. Here at Oakton Dental, we are happy to offer comprehensive fluoride and sealant treatments for our patients. Continue reading for more information about both treatments, as well as the benefits that are associated with them.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has proven itself to be extremely beneficial in the promotion of strong, healthy tooth enamel, as well as in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities. 

Topical fluoride treatment are applied to the teeth beginning in childhood years, as early as six months of age. This is done in order to aide in the healthy growth and development of teeth as they begin to form in the mouth. Fluoride is also found in most toothpaste in order to provide an additional amount of fluoride on a daily basis.

Fluoride is also added to drinking water in many regions in order to add an additional way for individuals to receive the fluoride they need to keep their teeth healthy and protected from decay. The fluoridation of drinking water has grown in popularity all around the world, as it has proven to have a widespread positive effect on the teeth of individuals who had access to fluoridated water as compared with those who did not.

Sealant Treatments

Sealants are protective plastic coatings that are applied to the teeth in order to provide additional protection against cavities and tooth decay. Sealants have been proven to aide in the prevention of decay and risk of developing cavities by approximately 80 percent. The idea behind sealants is to provide a “safety net” of sorts that helps individuals avoid tooth decay, even in the areas that they may fail to brush or floss correctly. 

Sealants are used for treatment in both children and adults, though they are more commonly used for children. This is due to the fact that children are much more likely to miss spots in the mouth while brushing or flossing, and they are more likely to practice incorrect brushing habits while they are still learning how to properly care for their teeth.

Sealants can last in the mouth on an average of ten years, and can easily be replaced by a dental professional once they have become worn out or chipped. The status of sealants are checked during regular dental examinations in order to catch the deterioration of a sealant before decay in the tooth structure occurs. 

There are various benefits of both fluoride and sealant treatments. Going forward with the information you learned here, you will be able to better understand the benefits of both treatment options in order to decide if either might be right for you. Speak with your dentist or dental hygienist to determine if fluoride or sealant treatments would be right for you to aide in the prevention of cavities and decay.

For more information about fluoride or dental sealants in Oakton, Va and the surrounding areas of Fairfax and Vienna, give us a call at (703) 938-3405.