We’re passionate about the prevention of dental caries, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry such as brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of cavities. There are some places where enamel damage can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.
The very back of the mouth is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for dental caries to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth, create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.
While brushing and flossing frequently is critical, an additional safeguard against dental caries is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are placed on the biting surface of the tooth to protect its exterior. Dental sealants are not just for kids. Our adult patients choose sealants to help fight cavities and protect enamel. We will examine you sealants every time you come in to make sure a new application is not needed.
Sealants are relatively inexpensive. If you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative care that may be needed in the future, sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.
To keep a healthy smile, follow these essential steps:
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months.
- Floss daily.
- Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal.
- Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
- Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy.
- Visit us at least twice a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined.
Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places
Call today for an appointment ( 616-784-2377) to meet the friendly and thorough team at Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry to help keep you smiling.
Contact Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry: 616-784-2377
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