At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, our goal is to maintain the dental health of our patients so that no restorative dental work is ever required.
In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing your teeth and flossing is a good beginning to preventative dentistry. It is also imperative that you have a checkup and cleaning twice a year. With kids, dental sealants might be a good option.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, usually used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.
Despite the best efforts of parents, many children develop cavities during their childhood years. Since the rate of tooth decay generally declines with age, if teeth remain intact during childhood, there is a better chance that these teeth can stay healthy for decades.
Fillings, inlays/onlays and crowns do a great job at saving teeth from extraction, but they don’t last forever. When a 10 year-old gets a cavity in a brand-new permanent tooth, that tooth will probably need periodic attention throughout his life, even if no additional decay arises. Once the enamel has been eaten away by acids, the tooth is forever weakened.
Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. After we apply the sealants, they will be checked with each visit and re-applied as needed.
At Providence Dental in North Las Vegas, the dental health of you and your children is always our number one concern. We offer family and pediatric dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.
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