One of the best ways to prevent dental issues and have a lifelong natural smile is through preventive care. Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg is here to help you with all levels of dental care.
We help you determine a dental home care plan to fit your dental care needs, as well as give you a special home care kit after each visit.
Your diet makes a big impact on your dental health. During your visit, we’ll talk about ways your diet may be impacting your dental checkups, and things you can do to improve dental cleanings.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. At the same time, excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children can lead to Dental Fluorosis, which is a chalky white to even brown discoloration of the permanent teeth. Many children often get more fluoride than their parents realize. Being aware of a child’s potential sources of fluoride can help parents prevent the possibility of dental fluorosis.
Some of these sources are:
- Too much fluoridated toothpaste at an early age.
- The inappropriate use of fluoride supplements.
- Hidden sources of fluoride in the child’s diet.
When choosing your own at-home fluoride product (such as toothpaste or mouthwash), always check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined by the ADA, and approved based on safety and effectiveness
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are resin material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Thorough 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.