Preventative Dentistry

Taking preventative measures to protect your teeth can be extremely beneficial in protecting your teeth and gums.

In addition to everyday brushing and flossing, taking steps such as obtaining fluoride treatments and using mouth guards while playing sports or sleeping can help to keep your teeth strong and healthy for the future.

Preventative dentistry options may be especially beneficial for children. When children are encouraged to care for their teeth and gums at a young age, these healthy oral hygiene habits are likely to remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are clear coatings applied to the surfaces of a child’s molars to prevent the development of tooth decay. They work by preventing food and plaque from resting in the grooves and crevices of molars – an area especially susceptible to cavities.

Bite / Mouth Guards

Dr. Alkass can customize mouth guards for athletes’ use while playing sports as well as for individuals who grind their teeth at night. The mouth guards can prevent tooth damage due to grinding and can be helpful in relieving the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Fluoride Treatment

The main benefit of fluoride treatment is to strengthen tooth enamel and make it more resistant to the acids in your mouth, which in turn prevents cavities from forming. Children may especially benefit from fluoride treatment, as it can help protect teeth earlier in life.

Fluoride comes from fluorine, a natural element that helps build stronger teeth. Fluoride is added to tap water to help promote healthy teeth and can be found in toothpastes and oral rinses.

Professional fluoride treatments through the dentist’s office have a higher concentration of the element, so patients can obtain just the right amount of fluoride during a routine dental checkup if they choose this option.

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