The team at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington is dedicated to the prevention of cavities, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION
Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are indispensable for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places, however, where enamel deterioration can occur even with proper oral hygiene.
KEEPING MOLARS CLEAN
The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most difficult area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for cavities to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.
EXTRA PROTECTION FOR MOLARS
While brushing frequently is important, an additional safeguard against decay is the application of dental sealants. We apply dental sealants as a plastic barrier on teeth. We will place sealants over the top of each tooth, to prohibit bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.
Many parents obtain sealants for their children and teens to help fight decay and protect enamel. We will examine your child’s sealants at each visit and reapply as needed.
Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative services that may be needed in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.
To preserve a healthy smile, follow these steps:
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every few months
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste after each meal
- Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
- Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
- Visit Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington twice a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
- Have sealants applied to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places
Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly visits are essential for pediatric dental health.
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington offers general and family dentistry. We also perform wisdom teeth extraction, emergency dental care, and root canals, as well as many cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.