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The dentist is your family’s partner on the Bright
Smiles pathway. Be sure to schedule regular dental appointments for the whole
family. A child's first visit should take place before his or her third
birthday. Due to the silent progressing nature of tooth decay and gum disease,
early detection of dental diseases can save complicated, lengthy, and costly
Most people go to dental check-ups regularly, their treatment may not be more than a maintenance cleaning or minor fillings Others who wait until the pain force them to seek treatment, increase their chances to need complicated, extensive and eventually costly treatment. Your dentist will tell you how frequently you should come for checkups by assessing your individual case, by considering your oral hygiene, the type of restorations you have, tartar buildup rate, and the presence of any condition in your mouth that may need additional future treatment and requires observation.
Implementing X-Rays in Dentistry was a cornerstone in major developments in dentistry, it gives the dentist the 'super eyes' to see through the hard structures of the jaw bones and teeth to reveal hidden details and abnormalities. Nowadays, X-rays are used regularly to detect dental diseases. Modern X-Rays machines use minimal radiation, and brings the benefits of early detection and diagnosis.
Posterior teeth are greatly prone to decay if their surface anatomy displays deep pit and fissures. Those areas can be efficiently sealed to prevent decay from starting at the most susceptible areas (deep pits and fissures); this is of a greater importance for newly erupted back teeth in kids mouths. The photo above shows the fissures of two teeth on right sealed with the white material.
These are thin, protective plastic coatings applied by the dentist to the permanent back teeth (molars). They fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth where foods and bacteria can get stuck and cause cavities. Once applied, sealants can last for several years.
Fluoride is routinely applied to kids teeth during their six month check visit, and it also has some therapeutic properties to control sensitive dentin. Fluoride is available as daily mouth rinse over the counter as Sodium Fluoride, or in higher concentration as gel applied at the dentist, it is also available in toothpaste, beer, tea, fresh produce, and drinking water when added.
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