With proper dental hygiene practices, a person can achieve healthy teeth and gums effortlessly. A person’s jaw and teeth should not be taken lightly, a single bite force can be up to 168 pounds while the total bite force per square inch can total up to 5600 pounds it may sound too much, but both the teeth and jaws can withstand this force. While this might be the case, our teeth are not entirely invincible especially when it comes to bacterias that can cause decay. Touchstone Dentistry believes that even the worse type of dental disease can be cured with proper treatments. Sealants and Fluoride treatments can help in further strengthening the teeth and preventing bacteria from attacking the teeth’s enamel.
A dental procedure that helps in protecting the teeth from damage; it is commonly used in the chewing surface of the molars. Molars are located at the back part of the mouth which are considered to be the largest teeth making it useful for chewing and grinding foods properly. A sealant is a tooth-colored substance that is directly placed on the chewing surface to cover the deep grooves and fissures that can serve as a breeding ground for bacterias from food particles. Molars are harder to clean due to its location and surface, but with dental sealants, it smoothens the tooth providing an easier to clean surface. The surface can also make it harder for foods to get stuck making it bacteria free and safe from decay. For the application of dental sealants the tooth should first be properly cleaned and dried, an etching solution would then be applied to the tooth to roughen it, and it would also secure the bond of the sealant material to the tooth. After the sealant is applied, it will then be cured by light to harden the surface for finalization. The dentist will evaluate the dental sealant if it is appropriately placed and if there are no gaps left. With proper dental hygiene, a dental sealant can last longer and protect a tooth properly keeping it healthy and strong.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in the foods we eat and the water we drink on a daily basis. It is easy to acquire fluoride but losing it is also easy during demineralization and remineralization. Dentists have even set a recommended daily fluoride intake depending on a person’s age and needs. Fluoride can be taken from products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and even supplements. Getting the right amount of Fluoride daily can ensure that your teeth are well protected from acid attacks caused by food particles that are not removed correctly in the mouth. The Fluoride used at dental offices is a much-concentrated type that compared to what toothpaste and mouthwash have. It can be in the form of a gel, solution, varnish, or foam that can be applied topically, using a tray, or by rinsing and it is left in the teeth for several minutes to be absorbed. It does not only protect the teeth, but it also repairs some areas of the tooth that has been damaged by acid attacks. Dental insurance supports Fluoride treatments up to the age of 14, but it is recommended to anyone at any age since it is effective in protecting the teeth.
Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments acts as a shield that keeps away the acids and bacterias from attacking the tooth enamel that can weaken the tooth structure. Getting both of these treatments can be beneficial to anyone at any age for protecting the teeth to avoid dental complications from affecting the overall dental health.
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To some extent, we all care what we look like. You brush your hair and get dressed before you leave the house, don’t you? If you are also concerned with other areas of your appearance, it is not uncommon to try different methods for achieving your overall goals. When one of those goals is to have a whiter, brighter smile, it is important to take caution. Millions of Americans purchase and use at-home teeth whitening products each year because they want to achieve results at a better value. However, many people find that they actually end up spending more time and more money trying to achieve unattainable results with at-home whitening treatments. Along with not achieving their desired results, many people are also harming their smiles. Continue reading
Are you one of the millions of people who avoid the doctor or dentist out of fear that you will receive bad news? Do you know that fearing bad news will not increase nor decrease your chance of a health problem? Yet, putting off necessary dental and doctor visits can put you at a much higher risk that you will miss the first signs of a serious condition – thus increasing your odds of eventually receiving bad news. Continue reading
People who are living with diabetes have fluctuations in blood sugar levels which puts them at greater risk of developing serious dental problems. Elevated sugar levels are linked to infection and a serious gum disease called periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease takes root when harmful bacteria congregate in the mouth. The bacteria cause plaque to develop. Plaque buildup becomes tartar and settles at the gum line on the teeth. Your mouth responds by developing an infection that causes irritation and inflammation. Gums swell, chewing can be painful, bleeding may occur, and teeth can loosen and be lost when gum disease goes untreated. Continue reading
Many people wonder if fluoride treatments are a necessary part of their oral routine. Fluoride is found in our city water supply and is included in most brands of toothpaste, so it may seem that you are getting an adequate supply to keep your teeth protected. Professional treatments are optional, but we recommend them to all of our patients for a variety of important reasons. Here are a few of the standouts: Continue reading
Most people do not like going to the doctor, and many people will also admit that they do not enjoy going to the dentist. Yet, neither of these negate the fact that you should visit both the dentist and your primary care physician on a regular basis. Just as you must choose healthy foods in your diet and make the choice to exercise on a regular basis, you must also choose to make dental visits a priority. No one else can make you visit the dentist. Continue reading
Few times in a woman’s life are more life-altering than pregnancy. Aside from the weight gain and drastic expansion of the abdomen, growing another human is a miraculous event that is challenging to beat. During the nine months of pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through huge changes in order to support the life that is developing and growing inside of her. A pregnant woman’s blood supply will more than double during pregnancy, her breasts will grow and prepare for milk production, her respiratory system will rise to accommodate the extra demands for oxygen, and her hormones will fluctuate at drastic levels. It is the dramatic shifts in hormones that cause the need for diligence in oral care. Continue reading
Whether you give them much thought or not, your gum tissues perform a very important role in your mouth every single day. In fact, the health of your mouth is actually a great indicator of the health of your entire body. Any changes or signs of concern should be brought to your dentist’s attention so that s/he can evaluate your oral health and start early intervention if necessary. Gum recession is an issue that many people tend to wait too long to address simply because they mistakenly think that it is not a “big deal.” However, your gums play a vital role in your oral and general health, and gum recession that is ignored can become a serious condition. Continue reading
Your teeth are highly important factors in your health. Without a proper set of teeth, you cannot chew or speak correctly – both of which are essential for everyday life. You only get one set of permanent teeth in your lifetime, so taking proper care of them is essential. The best way to care for your entire oral health is to develop a good dental routine that will help to protect your smile for life. As with all routines, a simple routine is best. Routines that are long, complicated, and difficult to implement will not last long; however, a simple routine that you can implement without much inconvenience is one that you are likely to follow. Continue reading
Finding your favorite grocery store, clothing store, or restaurant may not seem too difficult, but finding a qualified cosmetic dentist that you can trust is a different story. Any time you need to have “work” done to your mouth, it is extremely important that you find a qualified cosmetic dentist to trust with your smile. At Touchstone Dentistry, Dr. Agee Kunjumon is the name to trust in Dickinson, Texas. Your smile is one of your most personal features, and when you need to correct your smile or recreate a beautiful smile, Dr. Kunjumon and his entire staff are committed to providing the most exceptional dental care for enhancing your smile. Continue reading