The American Dental Association’s recommends dental checkups and cleanings every six months. This should start as early as just after your baby’s first tooth erupts. At some point during your child’s preventive dental care years, you will likely get a recommendation for fluoride and dental sealants. If you arm yourself with knowledge in advance, you’ll be able to make a decision on the spot to ensure the best in dental care for your child. Your Corona, CA dentists at Dental Associates of Corona will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental sealants and fluoride.
FAQs Regarding Sealants and Fluoride
Q1. What are dental sealants?
A2. Dental sealants begin as a liquefied, bio-compatible plastic that is painted on onto the chewing surfaces of the molars. These areas are generally the most likely to succumb to cavities because of the consistent contact between food particles, and the deep grooves and fissures in these teeth. Dental sealants provide protection to your child’s young teeth from cavities by sealing the grooves of teeth off from exposure to bacteria, food particles, plaque, and acid.
Q2. Are sealants visible, and/or uncomfortable?
A2. Sealants are only slightly tinted. You would have to look very closely at your child’s molars to see them. Your children might feel sealants with their tongues when they are first applied and dried. However, the plastic is very thin and our young patients get used to the feeling very swiftly.
Q3. What is the purpose of fluoride?
A3. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that can protect teeth from cavities and demineralization caused from acid. On teeth that are already demineralizing, fluoride can collect in weakened areas and strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride makes your teeth slippery to bacteria so that they can’t cling to teeth and cause decay. If you already have a developed cavity, however, fluoride cannot help. You will require a filling or other restoration from your Corona, CA dentists.
Visit Your Corona Dentists
If you, or your child, are due for a dental exam, checkup, or want more information on fluoride and sealants, contact your Corona, CA dentists. We offer comprehensive general dentistry services for your entire family. You can schedule a consultation at our 92879 dentist office by calling (951) 273-9580. We serve patients in the 92879 area and surrounding communities.