What are dental sealants? Why is fluoride important?
A sealant is a thin plastic coating we bond to the chewing surfaces of your molars in order to fill in grooves that may be more susceptible to decay. Sealants are a great option for protecting your teeth from cavities, and while we recommend that most children have them placed, some adult patients can benefit from dental sealants as well.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps build and remineralize teeth. For children, fluoride is important to build a healthy foundation for their developing teeth, and we typically recommend fluoride treatments at their six-month cleaning and checkup visits. Fluoride can also help remineralize enamel that has been damaged by decay. Many of our adult patients who are naturally prone to cavities can benefit from periodic fluoride treatments.
At Appleton Dental Care, we believe that preventative care is the foundation for achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments are preventative services we offer to our patients to help them protect their oral health. When you invest in preventative services and come to your six-month cleaning and checkup appointments, we can help you avoid many dental issues and guard your oral health.