Your teeth can and should last a lifetime. Prevention and early detection is key in avoiding costly and painful dental treatment. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause of decay and gum disease.
Fluoride exists naturally in water sources and is derived from fluorine, the thirteenth most common element in the Earth’s crust. It is well-known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. It plays an important role in healthy tooth development and cavity prevention.
Polishing of tooth surfaces is used to make these surfaces smooth, which makes it more difficult for plaque and debris to accumulate on your teeth and cause decay or gum disease. Polishing is a preventive procedure used as a first-line defense against dental problems.
Sealant treatment consists of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth for the intended purpose of preventing cavities or other forms of tooth decay.
The most important steps in maintaining oral health and preventing tooth decay are regular brushing and a balanced diet. Additional methods include:
- Sealants to protect your teeth and your child’s teeth with resin
- Fluoride treatments to help teeth build resistance to decay
- Caries (cavities) risk assessment
- Diet counseling
- Preventive resin restoration
- Oral hygiene instruction
Cleaning – Tooth Scaling
Scaling or prophylaxis is the procedure of removing calculus (tartar), plaque, and stains from the teeth. Tooth scaling is part of professional tooth cleaning.