Tooth decay, also known as cavities or dental caries, is a very common oral health problem affecting up to half of all children and 90 percent of adults. However, you may not realize you have tooth decay until it’s far advanced. At that point, you may have a tooth decay symptoms such as persistent toothache or pain indicating significant oral issues. Your Houston preventative dentist and staff are trained to detect early signs of decay and treat it, most commonly with dental sealants and/or fluoride treatments in our office.
Dental Sealants in Houston, TX
Dental sealants are a common dental treatment that can help prevent cavities. In many cases, we place dental sealants over pits and grooves on your back teeth, or molars. This is where plaque and tartar are more likely to collect and contribute to bacteria growth. By supporting good oral health, this preventative treatment from our Houston dental sealants expert can save you time and money in the long term.
In cavity-prone teeth, oral bacteria often attack the natural grooves on the chewing surfaces. That’s because it is difficult for you to clean these back teeth thoroughly. When we place sealants on these areas, it guards against bacteria-producing acid that can erode your teeth.
Before placing dental sealants, we expertly clean your teeth with a rotating brush. After drying your teeth, Dr. Nazari or one of our dentists prepares your teeth with a solution so that the sealant will stick. Next, we dry your teeth again and place the sealant on the teeth. Depending on the type of sealant we use, we harden it with either a special light or another method.
Patients of all ages may benefit from sealants. In children, we may recommend dental sealants to protect permanent teeth that have just erupted. We may also recommend this preventative treatment for adults who want to maximize their protection from cavities or who have heightened risks of tooth decay.
Dental sealants can last for several years depending on your oral habits and your diet. For example, if you drink a lot of acidic beverages like carbonated sodas, your sealants may not last as long. During routine exams, we will check your sealants to decide whether we need to reapply them.
If you are prone to tooth decay, we may recommend a fluoride treatment at your dental cleaning for tooth decay treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to prevent tooth decay and strengthen your teeth. Fluoride treatments are quick, in-office treatments in which we apply a concentrated fluoride solution onto your teeth. This painless treatment will harden your enamel and reduce your risk of gum disease.
If it’s been at least 6 months since you’ve received a dental cleaning, call us today! Our expert staff will provide the best recommendations for tooth decay prevention treatment to keep your mouth looking its shiniest and cleanest. Schedule your appointment by giving us a call at 713-364-8990 or filling out our quick online form.
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