What are sealants and fluoride treatments?
Sealants and fluoride varnishes offer extra protection for cavity-prone patients. Cavities are formed when acids demineralize tooth enamel, pulling minerals from the protective outer layers of your teeth. Fluoride helps strengthen weakened enamel, while sealants create a physical barrier between enamel and harmful oral bacteria.
How can fluoride and sealants help me?
Fluoride treatments and sealants are commonly offered to children, as they may not yet be able to clean their teeth thoroughly enough to prevent decay. However, these preventive dentistry treatments can also benefit adults with chronic dry mouth, arthritis, or other issues that limit mobility and/or impact the ability to produce enough saliva.
How are sealants applied?
We will first clean and dry the molars so that the sealants will adhere optimally to the teeth. Then, the sealant will be painted in liquid form on the teeth’s chewing surfaces A special light is used to harden the sealant in just minutes, creating a protective shield on your most vulnerable teeth that can last for up to five to ten years.
How is fluoride treatment administered?
Fluoride treatment is a thick varnish designed to adhere to your tooth surface for several hours. After teeth are cleaned, dried, and isolated from the rest of the mouth, your dentist will paint the varnish on all exposed tooth surfaces. Fluoride varnishes are highly effective if applied twice a year, and come in a variety of tasty flavors to make them more pleasant for children.
Find out if fluoride and sealants can help you.
With the addition of fluoride treatment and dental sealants, your preventive dental routine can be even more effective at helping you avoid serious complications. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson). We also proudly serve patients who live in North Dallas, Plano, Garland, North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and all surrounding communities.