- August 12, 2016
No one means more to you than your family, and their health and well-being is one of your top priorities.
You take your children to the doctor for routine checkups, and you do your best to get them to brush and floss their teeth every day.
You also bring them to the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations. All of that is wonderful, but you can take family dentistry to another level.
And Holly Dental Care in Holly, MI, wants to help. The next time you make an appointment for a cleaning, ask your dentist about these next level services.
The American Dental Association recommends the use of dental sealants in the ongoing fight against cavities and tooth decay.
While a cavity can develop on any tooth, our molars — the larger, flatter teeth in the back of our mouths — are more vulnerable to cavities. These teeth have the greatest exposure to the sugars in our food because we used these teeth to chew.
And the bacteria that cause cavities use those sugars.
Brushing and flossing go a long way toward removing bacteria.
But sometimes children eat too many sweets, and they don’t always brush their teeth as well as they should, either.
Dental sealants provide an added level of protection by creating a barrier between bacteria and chewing surfaces of their molars.
Sealants are made of a special kind of plastic, which can be painted onto your children’s teeth. This makes the sealants more effective at covering the grooves where bacteria may be able to hide from your toothbrush.
The best time to apply sealants is when your children’s teeth are clean, which makes your next dental appointment the perfect time to get them.
Sealants are a relatively inexpensive way to reduce your children’s risk of developing cavities, and that could save you that expense down the road.
While we have emphasized the value of sealants for children, we do want you to know that adults can get them, too.
Fluoride treatments are another way to take your preventive care to another level.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about fluoride on the Internet. We want you to know the facts.
The ADA has called fluoride nature’s cavity fighter. Fluoride is indeed a naturally occurring mineral. When it is exposed to your teeth, it offers two benefits.
First, fluoride can repair minor damage to your teeth. In the earliest stages of cavity formation, it may be possible to fix the enamel with a fluoride treatment.
Second, fluoride makes your enamel stronger. This is good because it makes it harder for bacteria to eat into your tooth to create cavities.
Research has shown the fluoride can be particularly important for children between the ages of 6 and 16, but these benefits are not exclusively for children. Adults, too, can benefit from strong enamel and fluoride’s cavity-fighting abilities.
Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are a good combination when used in conjunction with brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits.
If your children play sports, then you know there is always a risk of injury. Some sports require high levels of contact to play successfully, but even low-contact sports can lead to injuries from falls, collisions, and impacts with sporting equipment.
We understand the benefits of athletics. They are fun. They are a form of exercise, and they can provide motivation to stay healthy.
However, it’s always a good idea to protect your teeth, just like it’s a good idea to wear a seatbelt in a car. You hope for the best, but you want to be prepared and protected if something does happen.
We want to be clear. It’s better to wear any mouthguard than no mouthguard at all. However, both the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have noticed that custom-fitted mouthguards provide the highest levels of protection.
Wearing a mouthguard won’t stop every accident, but it can greatly reduce the risk of a serious oral injury or minimize the severity of an injury.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are less bulky than the kinds you can find in a store. This makes the custom-fitted mouthguards more comfortable and less likely to interfere with breathing or communicating with teammates.
Are Your Ready To Take The Next Step?
If you want your family’s mouths to be as healthy and protected as possible, talk to our dentists in Holly, MI, about the services mentioned above.