- March 26, 2017
You want your family to have the best that you can provide. That often means going far beyond the basics.
After all, you don’t just give your children food, clothing, and shelter. You also give them your time and your love as well.
In dental care, you already know the basics — brushing, flossing, and visiting the family dentist for regular cleanings. But you can take the next step with some other services at Holly Dental Care.
Today we will be discussing those services. They are mouthguards, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments.
Tell, Show, Do
Before we discuss the specific services we mentioned above, we want to talk a little about our approach to family dentistry.
We know that your needs and your family’s needs will change over time. Dealing with problems that may arise is easier when you have developed a trusting relationship.
That’s part of the reason we use the “Tell, Show, Do” method in our practice. We know the dentist office can be an intimidating for younger patients (and some older ones, too).
By explaining what we will do and by showing how it is done, it makes it easier when it’s time to provide that service. We also welcome questions at any time. We want you and your children to understand what is happening during your dental visits and why we are doing what we are doing.
With that in mind, let’s discuss the beyond the basics preventive care options.
▪︎ Athletic Mouthguards
Do your kids play hockey or football? If so, then you are already familiar with mouthguards, and why they are standard equipment for those sports.
What you may not know is that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend mouthguards for all high-impact sports.
And what exactly is a high-impact sport? A simple definition would be any sport that involves contact between participants, frequent jumping, and lots of changes in speed and direction.
This would include everything from wrestling to basketball to volleyball to baseball and softball. Mouthguards help to protect your teeth from traumatic injuries as a result of collisions between players or with sports equipment, falls, or movements that can impact your joints (including your jaw).
Studies have shown that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are up to 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than those who do wear them. And the two sports that are most likely to cause dental injuries for children ages 7 to 17 are baseball and basketball.
If you have young athletes in your family, take steps to protect their smiles. Call 877-321-1933 or talk to one of our dentists during your next visit to discuss what kind of athletic mouthguard to use.
▪︎ Dental Sealants
People who grow vegetable gardens know that pests like rabbits can cause damage to the vegetables so you don’t get the full benefit of your work. Pest control barriers can help your vegetable grow to full size without being eaten before you can pick them.
In your mouth, bacteria are the pests that want to eat away at your teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings are ways to remove bacteria and plaque from your mouth.
But dental sealants can help to keep the bacteria away from your family’s most vulnerable teeth. Sealants are a plastic coating that is painted onto the molars (the large teeth at the back of the mouth).
Those teeth are the most likely to develop cavities, in part because they are used to chew food and in part because of the nook and crannies where bacteria can hide.
Sealants cover that chewing surface, making it harder for bacteria to get in those harder to clean spaces.
▪︎ Fluoride Treatment
Many people do not understand why the ADA recommends using fluoride toothpaste, the fluoridation of water, and fluoride treatments. The reason is a process called remineralization.
This counters the effects of bacteria and plaque on your teeth. Each day, bacteria eats away at the enamel on your teeth. This is called demineralization. When demineralization happens faster than remineralization, you develop tooth decay and cavities.
Fluoride treatments provide a boost to the enamel of your teeth above and beyond your daily exposure to fluoride through water and toothpaste.
Protect Your Family’s Smiles
When you fill out our online form or call 877-321-1933 to make your next appointment at Holly Dental Care, remember to ask about mouthguards, sealants, and fluoride treatments, too.