Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and you might be surprised to learn that it is almost entirely preventable. When you incorporate diligent home care with professional dental cleanings and preventive treatments, you can often avoid cavities. Even if cavities occur, our ability to diagnose them quickly means we can treat them while they are still small – before they endanger your tooth structure.
Our modern diets are often to blame when it comes to tooth decay. Before the 20th century, sugar was expensive and considered a luxury. Processed foods were not even an option yet! In our diets today, sugar is an ingredient in almost everything including salad dressings and sauces. This increase in sugar also caused an increase in tooth decay.
Just like fingerprints, your teeth are unique to you. Some people have deep grooves in their teeth that are so small that a toothbrush bristle cannot keep them clean. For people who are prone to decay on the chewing surfaces of their teeth and for patients who have deep grooves where bacteria is likely to collect, protective dental sealants provide an affordable and long-lasting option to fight decay.
Sealants are thin coatings which are painted on to cover the chewing surface of your back teeth. This creates a barrier between food particles, bacteria, and your enamel. Dental sealants last for up to five years, and they can easily be replaced if necessary. Since they are more affordable and less invasive than fillings, they provide a great option for many patients.
If it is time for your next preventive appointment, contact our Fort Myers dental office at (239) 317-7461. Our entire team at Alliance Dental looks forward to meeting you.