One of the most important aspects of caring for your children’s smiles includes teaching them the importance of properly caring for their teeth. Part of this process is informing them of the bad things that can threaten their grin and the negative effects they can have on their health. At Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, you and your family’s oral health is a major priority of ours, which is why we offer certain procedures such as our fluoride and sealant treatments to provide a defensive shield to your child’s teeth and keep them from harm’s way.
Protection from Harmful Bacteria
While you and your family may be practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and attending regular preventive dental visits, sometimes cavities can still be a threat to your child’s smile. As a safe way to combat this and give your little one’s grin a boost in protection, we offer sealants and fluoride as an additional defensive measure.
Cavities form when harmful oral bacteria is introduced to and attempts to eat away at a tooth, forming a hole in the oral structure. If left unchecked, these bacteria can continue to destroy the tooth and make the hole bigger and bigger. With the introduction of candy or other sugary treats, the bacteria will begin to secrete even more harmful acid that causes tooth deterioration. By applying a thin layer of fluoride or sealant to the surface of the teeth, an extra boost is given to protect your child’s smile from these harmful organisms.
Provides Added Strength
The tooth enamel that surrounds and shields the teeth is typically the first line of defense against bacteria that causes cavities. These organisms secrete acids that can be very harmful to this protective layer, and once it is worn away, there is nothing to stop other harms or threats from taking over your smile. When fluoride is introduced, it essentially bonds to the weaker areas of the tooth to help build up that line of defense once again.
As another defensive measure, our team offers dental sealants to shield grins as well. A dental sealant is a safe, biocompatible, and BPA-free acrylic that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of children’s teeth, acting as a direct and highly durable shield against plaque and tartar buildup. For more information about either of these processes, contact our office today.
Protecting Tiny Smiles
Having a healthy and protected appearance is a top priority, and sometimes children need a little help to ensure theirs lasts and is defended from cavities. Contact the team at Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI today at (248) 693-6213 to learn more about safe practices for healthy smiles, or to schedule an appointment.