A healthy smile starts with making sure that nothing damages your teeth or oral health. Brushing and flossing is one way to prevent tooth decay and other oral issues, but a visit to Mercer Smiles can provide you with preventive dentistry services that will leave your teeth clean and strong.
Dental sealants are an excellent preventive dentistry option for patients who suffer from dental caries or recurrent tooth decay. Children can also benefit from sealants, as they cover the chewing surface of teeth to protect them from bacteria and decay. Sealants are popular and easy to apply to teeth – they simply need to be brushed on and hardened using a special curing light.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that aids in keeping your teeth strong and healthy. It works with the enamel, hardening it and making it more difficult for plaque and bacteria to cause decay. Fluoride treatments are often done during pediatric dental appointments, but adults can benefit from them as well.
A small tray filled with a fluoride solution is applied to teeth and allowed to sit for several minutes so that it can penetrate the enamel. Once that’s complete, it is removed, and the mouth is rinsed.
Getting a dental exam and cleaning from your dentist is an excellent way to prevent oral health issues. During a cleaning, your dental hygienist will thoroughly and precisely clean between each tooth. Any areas that are difficult to reach while brushing will be cleaned using special tools that allow your dental hygienist to reach every part of the mouth.
Exams allow dentists to identify problems and recommend the most effective treatment, saving your smile. In some cases, an x-ray may be recommended to get a more in-depth look at the mouth and the structure of your teeth.
If you’re interested in preserving your smile and would like to learn more about preventive dentistry services available at Mercer Smiles, schedule an appointment today by calling 609-270-8540.