Tooth Decay Prevention in Plano, TX
Did you know that up to half of all children in the US have tooth decay, while nearly 95 percent of adults have decay in their permanent teeth – 30 percent of which is left untreated?
Tooth decay, or cavities, occurs when bacteria sitting on your teeth produce acid that eats away at your enamel. Tooth decay is a widespread problem, but it’s also preventable. 1st In Smiles is dedicated to tooth decay prevention and offers several ways to keep your mouth cavity-free. These include regular cleanings, early detection, fluoride treatments, sealants, and proper at-home oral hygiene.
You might think that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is all that it takes to prevent cavities. But most people don’t see or feel anything in the early stages of tooth decay, so they don’t even realize that their teeth are being attacked! That’s why it’s so important not to skip your regular dental checkups at our office, where we’ll examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay.
Here a some ways 1st In Smiles can help you prevent cavities during your exam:
- In-office foam fluoride treatments: Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen your enamel and prevent tooth decay. Our foam fluoride treatments are a powerful way to help prevent cavities in just minutes.
- Prescription-strength fluoride take-home care: If we see that you’re prone to tooth decay, we can prescribe an extra-strength fluoride treatment for you to use at home.
- In-office fluoride varnish: This is another quick, effective, concentrated fluoride treatment that we apply directly onto your teeth.
- Sealants: Sealants are a thin, clear coating made of plastic that we paint onto your teeth, usually your molars (back teeth), whose grooves and indentations make them more susceptible to bacteria buildup. These plastic barriers are common cavity prevention treatments for children, but they can also help adults whose teeth are cavity prone.
We’ll also teach you helpful ways to prevent tooth decay at home, such as drinking fluoridated water, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, and brushing properly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Dr. Rick Barfield is a native of Richardson, Texas. He received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and has been providing trusted dental care in the Plano, TX area for more than 30 years.