At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH, the dental health of our patients is always our top priority. We want to stop tooth decay before it even gets started.
The goal of preventative dentistry is to maintain dental health so that no restorative dental work ever becomes needed. In other words, preventing cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. Brushing and flossing your teeth is a good beginning. It is also imperative that you get exams and cleanings twice a year. With little ones, dental sealants might be a good option.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic covering, ordinarily used on the very back teeth. These teeth are especially susceptible to trapped food particles, and at the same time tend to be the hardest ones to brush. The goal of a sealant is to safeguard a tooth against decay, which is always preferable to filling a cavity.
Sealants act as a barrier between food particles, plaque, and the teeth. The good news is that sealants are easy to apply and last for years. If you are interested in sealants for your child (or yourself), just ask at your next appointment.
Brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings help ensure that teeth are strong and clean and will last a lifetime. Changing your toothbrush every few months and using a toothpaste with fluoride are also essential components of proper oral care.
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