Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and
prevent decay in patients of all ages. It is found in water sources,
certain foods (meat, fish and eggs), and in toothpastes, rinses and
professional treatments from your dentist. Sufficient fluoride
treatment is most important for children, to ensure extra protection
against cavities in their developing teeth.
Your dentist may use fluoride treatments for patients who are at an increased risk of tooth decay, including those with:
Fluoride treatments are administered at your dentist’s office. It is
applied to the teeth in gel, foam or varnish form either in a tray or
painted directly on the teeth. Children may also be given fluoride
supplements to take in small doses each day, especially if there is not a
sufficient amount of fluoride in their regular water supply. Children
may also be given prescription fluoride gel to use at home to decrease
After most fluoride treatments, patients should not eat or drink for at
least 30 minutes to increase the fluoride’s direct contact with the
teeth. Fluoride treatments are often repeated every three, six or 12
months, depending on each patient’s individual needs.
Digital Dental X-rays
Dental X-rays are essential, preventative,
diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a
regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this
information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities
and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problem areas
may go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
- keep track the progress of previous procedures
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental x-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our
environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series
of X-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from
New technologies now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation
exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality
Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s
exposure to radiation when taking dental X-rays. These precautions
include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern,
digital x-rays that cuts down the exposure time of each X-ray.
Digital X-ray results are immediate and the diagnosis can be
discussed between dentist and patient immediately after examination.
Digital X-rays allow your dentist to easily share your X-ray results
with other doctors, if needed.
Digital X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual
dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend
necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history,
dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the
surface of the tooth to protect the grooves of the teeth from decay.
Decay often begins in these grooves because they are hard to clean and
susceptible to a buildup of plaque. Sealants create a smooth surface
that fills deep grooves and makes the tooth easier to clean.
Sealants are applied in children once the six-year molars are
present, or any time between the ages of 6 and 16. Sealants are applied
by cleaning the selected tooth and then painting the sealant onto the
tooth enamel, where it will harden and bond to the tooth and protect it
from decay. This procedure takes just a few minutes and is painless.
Baby teeth can be sealed as well for children, which are proven to
There is no one method for protecting your teeth from disease and
decay. It is important to take care of your teeth each and every day,
and to seek professional cleanings on a regular basis. With the help of
an experienced dentist, many patients do not need further dental
treatment and can successfully maintain their dental health with these