Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well. (ADA)
For more information on dental sealants contact one of our dental professionals.
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Choosing an energy drink may be putting your oral health at risk and damage your teeth.
Studies show that there are more children with serious tooth problems and energy drinks may be the cause. The sugar and acid in an energy drink may lead to tooth decay and erosion.
The sugar and acid in energy drinks is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration. If energy drinks must be consumed then it is essential to rinse with water afterwards to reduce the potential damage in may cause. Be sure to wait an hour before brushing after having an energy drink as acidic foods and drinks soften the tooth enamel.
Drinking sports drinks during training and then putting a mouth guard in, locks liquid right on the teeth. The neutralizing effect of saliva is minimized and the damaging effects of the acidity and sugar increase.
Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood disease, however most preventable with proper care. The Ontario Dental Association encourages children and teens to choose water or, at least, limit their intake of sports/energy drinks.
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Research shows that gum disease and diabetes may affect one another. For instance, gum disease can intensify the complications associated with diabetes by increasing blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels over an extended period of time are associated with premature degeneration of eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. Studies have also shown that people with diabetes face a greater risk of developing oral infections and gum disease than those who do not have diabetes. The good news is that the treatment of either gum disease or diabetes can lead to improvements in the other. Your dentist has the training and experience necessary to assess your oral health, and to determine a course of treatment that is best for you. Some of the most common oral health problems associated with diabetes are:
· tooth decay
· gum disease
· dry mouth
· fungal infections
· lesions in the mouth
· taste impairment
· infection and delayed healing
If you are a diabetic, speak to your dentist about the best course of treatment for you. Make sure to let him or her know:
· if the diabetes is under control
· if you take insulin and when your last usual dose of insulin was administered
· if there has been any other change in your medical history
· the names of all the herbal medicines, prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking
Tooth decay is not recognized when it’s in the early stages and it is not something we can clearly see by looking in the mirror. For this reason it is exactly why, on top of good home oral health care, it is very important to see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for dental cleanings and check ups.
Tooth decay in the tooth enamel doesn’t necessarily cause toothaches. Toothaches may start when the decay reaches the dentin, the softer mid-layer of a tooth that lies between the enamel and the pulp. Decayed teeth can be saved if they are identified while they affect only the enamel or dentin, however once the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth a root canal or an extraction may be necessary.
To avoid root canals and extractions be sure to visit yourdentistregularly.