Easy, Economical Cavity Fighters

Dental sealants, fluorideCavities can be a real pain. They’re a leading cause of adult tooth loss, as well as missed school days for kids. Brushing and flossing can help prevent cavities, but sometimes a little extra assistance is needed. In St. Charles MO, Dr. Jeffrey Smith offers easy, economical ways to fight cavities.

Everyone’s at Risk

Anyone at any age can get a cavity. Dental decay occurs when plaque builds up on teeth and hardens to form tartar. Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it can’t hold up to repeated assaults by bad oral bacteria and plaque acids. Eventually a hole forms in the enamel. Left untreated, the damage can penetrate the dentin, which is the layer of tooth structure under enamel, and compromise the nerve of a tooth.

Prevention is Key

Stopping cavities before they start is our goal. Proper preventive care that includes regular checkups and cleanings at our office, along with a good home regimen of oral health care, go a long way to keep you safe from cavities. But even the best brushers and flossers sometimes experience decay. To ward off this common dental condition, Dr. Jeffrey Smith recommends fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

The Facts About Fluoride

This naturally occurring mineral has amazing properties when it comes to protecting teeth. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel and can remineralize soft spots on teeth that are precursors to cavities. A fluoride application at our St. Charles MO dentist’s office is quick and easy and can help ward off dental decay.

The Power of Dental Sealants

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on teeth, typically molars. It helps smooth the lumpy, bumpy surface of back teeth to provide a protective barrier and make them easier to clean. Like fluoride treatments, sealants are fast and easy to apply.

Your Smile is Important

No matter your age, it’s important to protect your smile. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith.