One of the best things you can do for your teeth is to invest in preventative dentistry. Two of our most popular treatments are sealants and fluoride. Both of these are relatively quick and inexpensive. These treatments can strengthen your teeth and help prevent cavities and infection. Don’t wait for a serious problem to develop – take advantage of preventative care and keep your mouth healthy and safe!
How Do Sealants Work?
The rough ridges in your teeth make a great home for bacteria. Sometimes, brushing isn’t enough to clean out these deep grooves – making your teeth more susceptible to cavities.
Dental sealants are made from a thin layer of plastic resin that is painted onto the chewing surface of your teeth. They are designed to smooth the surface of your teeth and keep bacteria out. Not only do sealants act as a shield, but they also make it easier to clean your teeth. Sealants can be applied in less than an hour and can save you a lot of time, money, and discomfort.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Sealants can last for up to 9 years, with good care. However, they can fall out or become damaged. To avoid this, do not chew on any overly hard or sticky foods, such as ice or licorice. We will need to check your sealants during each visit to ensure they are still in good condition. If something happens, we are happy to repair or replace your sealant.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that can strengthen and support your enamel. Over time, a layer of fluoride will build-up on the surface of your teeth to create a hard barrier. This barrier helps protect your teeth from cavities and decay.
Most dental products, like toothpaste and mouth wash, contain fluoride. Some cities even add small amounts of fluoride to the drinking water. Although this may sound strange, don’t worry! In small doses, fluoride is completely harmless and is excellent for your oral health.
Should I Get a Fluoride Treatment?
Brushing your teeth every day with fluoridated toothpaste is a great way to keep your teeth healthy. However, if you are not ingesting enough fluoride from your dental products or drinking water, you may need a fluoride treatment. These treatments are quick, economical, and long-lasting!
Will My Insurance Cover These Treatments?
Many insurance policies will cover preventative treatments, and to ensure you are getting the most from your insurance, we will be happy to review your policy and help you find the best treatment to fit your plan.
If you do not have dental insurance or your policy does not cover these services, we have a range of other financing options available for you. At New Roc Dental, we are committed to helping you get the dental care you deserve.
If you would like to learn more about sealants and fluoride, please call our office today at 914-235-8065. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or schedule a consultation!