Fluoride Treatment and Sealants
We believe great dental health begins with an excellent preventive routine. That is why we work with patients to create a successful home care regimen that includes brushing and flossing, avoiding sugary treats, and eating a good diet to promote healthy teeth and gums.
We complement excellent home care with routine examinations and cleaning appointments. If necessary, we can also offer additional preventive treatments such as fluoride and sealants to keep teeth healthy and strong.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents tooth decay by making the outer surface of your teeth (enamel) more resistant to the acid attacks that cause tooth decay. Both children and adults benefit from fluoride. Dr. Foster recommends all patients use a fluoridated toothpaste or mouth rinse as an added step in preventing decay. Also, we offer fluoride varnish applications for those who are at a higher risk of decay.
Dr. Foster is sensitive and respectful of patients’ desires to eliminate fluoride in their lifestyle. She provides fluoride-free prophy paste during cleanings and natural products are available for purchase for those who desire alternative products.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coasting that flows into the grooves and pits in molar teeth, preventing future cavities. Sealants can last many years, and are an excellent method to prevent decay, especially for children and teens and those who have deep grooves in their teeth.
Sealants do not require you to be numb to have them placed and do not require a drill. You can chew and eat on them as soon as your appointment is complete.
Dental sealants are less expensive than fillings and completely noninvasive. They can last for up to five years and are easily replaced once they wear off.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. We are pleased to serve your entire family and to provide you with excellent, personalized dental care.