Sometimes teeth cleaning and dental hygiene isn’t enough. Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes.
Dr. Evans may even recommend dental sealants as a part of a patient’s total preventive dental care and dental hygiene. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Be assured, applying dental sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure.
It is an easy three-step process: Dr. Evans will clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. A special cleansing liquid, on a tiny piece of cotton, is rubbed gently on the tooth and is washed off. Finally, Dr. Evans paints the sealant on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.
Regular dental hygiene appointments help Dr. Evans diagnose problems before it becomes a danger to your health and in the long run save you money before the problem becomes threatening and more costly to restore.