Dr. Hecht is dedicated to the prevention of tooth decay, the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of tooth decay. There are some places, however, where enamel degeneration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.
The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most problematic area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for dental caries to flourish. Food and bacteria that is lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.
While brushing frequently is essential, an additional safeguard against tooth decay is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier placed over the top of each tooth. This prohibits bacteria and plaque from having direct contact with the tooth. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied if necessary.
Are they cost-effective? Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative care. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.
To maintain a healthy smile, follow these critical steps:
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
- Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
- Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low fat protein sources.
- Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
- Visit Dr. Hecht at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
- Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places
People all over the NYC area trust Staten Island Dental Care. We specialize in porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry and porcelain crowns. Questions? Give us a call at 718-761-5757 to schedule a consultation. We’ll help keep you smiling.
Contact Staten Island Dental Care – Dr. Frederick Hecht: 718-761-5757
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