Top-Quality Dental Fluoride and Sealant Treatments in Philadelphia
Center City Emergency Dentist has been providing general dental care — using fluoride and sealants — to Center City and the rest of the Philadelphia area for more than 65 years. Even if your mouth is free of pain, it is essential that you visit a dentist every six months. That way, you’ll remain pain-free and catch potential issues before they worsen.
Continue below to learn how we use sealants and fluoride to improve your oral health.
Sealants are thin coatings placed on the chewing surface of molars and other teeth. These sealants form into the grooves to create a protective covering over the enamel of your teeth. Enamel is the protective coating on the outside of teeth, so a tooth with a sealant on it has extra-strength protection against decay and other possible issues. Sealants prevent food from sticking to your teeth, preventing plaque and potential cavities. It is an especially popular treatment among children and teens, as dental hygiene is crucial to healthy development in this age group, and sealants offer an added layer of protection to prevent decay early in life.
You’re probably already receiving small doses of fluoride every day, in your toothpaste and possibly in your drinking water as well. For decades, the health benefits of fluoride have been well known. This mineral helps strengthen tooth enamel to prevent cavities while helping to kill bacteria that can lead to cavities and otherwise affect the health of your teeth and gums.
If you are at high risk for cavities, you may be a candidate for fluoride treatments. Cavities form due to plaque, which builds up due to bacteria. Acid, which is produced by plaque, can eat away at the tissues of your gums and teeth. If this acid breaks through the enamel on the surface of the tooth (which, you’ll remember, is stronger for patients who have sealants on their teeth), it can reach the tooth’s root, infecting nerves and blood, and, in turn, resulting in a cavity.Read More