Tooth decay can be extremely painful. A toothache can just completely ruin your day. But decay can do more than hurt; it can rot away your teeth, leaving you embarrassed to smile.
The really scary thing about tooth decay is that most people don’t even notice it until it’s in a fairly advanced state.
To be sure, there are a number of things you can do to prevent tooth decay at home. Regularly brush and floss, stay away from soda, and so forth. But even your best efforts have limitations.
At Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX we offer a host of great services to help prevent tooth decay for occurring. For our blog entry today, we want to tell you a little bit more about these services.
Same-Day Dental Cleanings and Exams
The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth cleaned and examined every six months. This process helps to both detect any tooth decay currently present in your mouth, as well as prevent new tooth decay from forming. We offer same-day dental exams and teeth cleanings to allow you to save time and effort.
During a dental cleaning, we can remove harmful plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth; this prevents decay from forming. Regular brushing and flossing alone is not sufficient to remove all plaque and tartar from the crevices of your mouth; if this bacteria is left unchecked you could end up needing a root canal or other lengthy procedure down the line.
During a dental exam, we will inspect your teeth for signs of decay. Catching decay early can preventing you from losing a tooth, or experiencing terribly painful toothaches. We will also take low-radiation digital x-rays of your mouth to give us a complete map of your dental health, so we know how to best help you. In addition, we screen all patients for oral cancer and gum disease during a dental exam.
Dental sealants are a great option to help you prevent cavities. Dental sealants are a clear covering that can placed over the pits and grooves of your back teeth and molars. This seals the tooth, helping to prevent plaque and tartar from forming on the surface of your teeth.
Before we place the sealant, we clean your teeth. Your teeth are then treated with an adhesive solution, and the sealant is placed on your teeth. The sealant is then hardened with a special light. It’s a quick and painless process that can keep bacteria from attacking the natural grooves on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
Sealants can benefits all of patients, no matter their age. For children, they can help protect permanent teeth that have just erupted. For adults it can serve as an insurance policy against cavities, or benefit adults who have a heightened risk of tooth decay.
These sealants can last for years, and easily be reapplied when necessary. Hurd your teeth with a dental sealant from the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX.
Fluoride treatments are another great way to prevent tooth decay, and can be performed directly following a dental cleaning. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that works to strengthen the enamel of your teeth; leaving it protected from decay and gum disease.
Florida treatments are quick and painless. We apply a concentrated solution of fluoride onto your teeth. The fluoride is nicely flavored and only has to be on your teeth for a short period of time.
Make An Appointment
If you’re ready to protect yourself against tooth decay, we encourage you to contact our office. Antoine Dental Center is proud to serve Houston, TX. Our office can be reached at 713-364-8990. Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions you may have; we’re here to help you live better and more comfortably.