Broadwater Dental is a firm believer in prevention. A preventative approach involves regular checkups and professional cleanings. It involves ensuring a good home maintenance program with good brushing, flossing and rinsing protocols in place. Certain procedures such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatments are optional successful preventative procedures.
Saliva testing and plaque identification are also useful tools in prevention.
The cornerstone of prevention is thorough oral care and professional cleanings. The toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles of the brush towards the gum line. Then move the brush gently back and forth brushing one to two teeth at a time. It is best to brush for two minutes twice daily. It is important to brush the area where the tooth adjoins the gum including the gum itself as this is typically a neglected area. It is important to remember that flossing daily is critical in maintaining a clean mouth. The use of an oral mouthwash can be helpful in some cases although does not compensate for a poor brushing and flossing routine. A good quality brush, a fluoride containing toothpaste and a good brushing technique will reduce dental issues. Professional cleanings are also important at an interval recommended by your dentist.
We all like to protect our children. Fissure sealants are a thin coating of a dental material applied to the grooves (fissures) and pits of teeth. Normally they are applied to the biting surfaces of posterior teeth. They protect these surfaces from tooth decay by preventing food and plaque from sitting in these grooves. Not all pits and fissures require sealing. They are required when the fissures are deep and trap the food. By sealing the fissures they make it easier to maintain the cleanliness with routine cleaning.
The first permanent molars generally erupt at 6 years of age. The ability of children to clean well at this age is limited. Sealing thus reduces the risk of decay. Fissure sealants are a non invasive procedure that does not require any removal of the tooth structure.