A Primer on Dental Sealants

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A Primer on Dental Sealants

It’s an unfortunate reality that even the best practices of flossing and brushing will only do so much for the mouth. Though tooth floss and toothbrush bristles are certainly designed to get in between the teeth, they will not clean those all of those tight spaces in the mouth that your teeth and gums create.  

The teeth toward the back of the mouth, known as the molars, are especially difficult to clean.  Molars are comparably rough in texture and have some surface to navigate. The unfortunate truth is the average person’s molars have a considerable amount of food particles and bacteria that, if left unchecked, can eventually cause cavities.

Dental sealants are a tried-and-true solution to this dire problem.

The Basics of Dental Sealants

Think of dental sealants as a protective barrier comprised of plastic or another dental material.  This thin coating sticks to the chewing surface of molar teeth, providing an important layer of protection.

Dental sealants are not meant to take the place of flossing or brush your teeth. Rather, this oral health solution is meant to be used in combination with floss, toothpaste, mouthwash, and 6-month regular cleanings at the dentist’s office — in short, a comprehensive oral health wellness plan!  

Once dental sealants are applied to the molar teeth, they will prevent cavities from developing and possibly even prevent the initial signs of decay from leading to nasty cavities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dental sealants decrease the chances of molar tooth decay by upwards of 80%. The CDC also reports youngsters without dental sealants have 3 times as many cavities than those who enjoy the protection provided by dental sealants.

A Quick Look at How Dental Sealants Work Their Magic

Dental sealants function similar to jackets and coats. These protective shields keep food particles out and ultimately prevent bacteria from sabotaging the teeth. Dental sealant barriers shield molar teeth similar to the ways in which a winter coat protects the skin against snow, rain and other precipitation.  

Think of the eating process as a harsh storm in your mouth. Food, bacteria and other particles will settle in on the molar teeth unless dental sealants block them from making initial contact.

Dental Sealants Candidates

Though it is primarily children who receive dental sealants, adults can also benefit from this protective dental shield. The sooner dental sealants are applied to the teeth, the better the chances are for success.  

Molar teeth tend to emerge around the age of 6 years.  Second molars emerge just before the teenage years. The optimal approach is to have these molar teeth sealed as soon as they emerge so cavities do not have an opportunity to settle. Such well-protected teeth prove healthier, stronger and cheaper to maintain as fewer dental restorations will be necessary across posterity.

Our Worry-Free Application Process

The application of dental sealants is easier than most assume, especially at Pacific Dental Care. Our process is quick, easy, and pain-free. Our oral health professionals start out by cleaning and drying the teeth to be sealed. We apply an acidic gel to the teeth that creates a lasting bond between the molar tooth and the dental sealant. The gel is then rinsed away and the dental sealant is added to the tooth’s grooves. A blue light is added to make the sealant hard, durable and capable of crushing food into small pieces that do not stick to the molar teeth.

If you have any additional questions about dental sealants, contact Pacific Dental Care today. We’ll schedule your consultation and set you up with a comprehensive oral health plan that will help you smile stay beautiful and stand the test of time.

 

Your No-Prep Veneer Primer

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Oral Screening No matter how well you take care of your teeth, there is always a chance of sustaining cosmetic damage throughout the course of your life, and that’s considering there aren’t problems with alignment or tooth functionality.

Chips, cracks, or misalignments can happen to even the most careful people, and can have a serious impact on confidence and happiness. At Pacific Dental Care we know how much of a difference having that perfect smile can make, so today we’re giving you the low-down on no-prep veneers.

What Are No-Prep Veneers?

No prep veneers are a kind of dental veneer, or a covering placed on top of teeth in order to conceal cosmetic damage, which are known for being extremely thin. Unlike many veneers, which are made of porcelain, no-prep veneers are generally made of a ceramic material. These durable veneers are applied to the front surface of the teeth using a powerful adhesive, where they can remain for many years.

What Are The Benefits of No-Prep Veneers?

One of the biggest benefits of no-prep veneers is that placing them on the patient’s teeth requires very little filing down of healthy tooth material — it’s one of the more conservative treatments available. This not only helps keep your teeth healthy, it makes the process completely reversible, offering more flexibility when it comes to improving your smile. There are also a variety of benefits in terms of comfort and convenience, especially considering that application of no-prep veneers often doesn’t even require anesthetic.

Are No-Prep Veneers Right For Me?

That depends on how you want to change your smile! For people with minor cosmetic problems like cracked, chipped, stained or discolored, misshapen or misaligned teeth, no-prep veneers are a perfect option. This is especially true if cosmetic bonding or other procedures can’t get the job done. Furthermore, since no-prep veneers can be removed at a later date with very little hassle, they are a great option for people who aren’t quite sure how they want to achieve their ideal smile.

In short, no-prep veneers are an easy, versatile, and effective way to achieve that smile you’ve always wanted. Even better, since they’re so easy to apply, you can do so whenever is most convenient for you! Just come into Pacific Dental Care, and we’ll be able to tell you whether no-prep veneers are a viable option for you. We can even apply them to your teeth in a single visit, so book your consultation today!

The Importance Of Oral Cancer Exams

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Oral Screening Dental health extends well beyond taking care of your teeth. Your mouth is a complicated system, after all, and keeping it healthy involves keeping your lips, gums, and the rest of your mouth in good shape. At Pacific Dental Care we know how important it is to stay on top of all aspects of your oral health, which is why today we’re telling you everything you need to know about oral cancer exams.

What Are Oral Cancer Exams?

Oral cancer exams are examinations performed by a dentist or doctor in order to identify cancerous or precancerous conditions in your mouth. The goal of this exam is to identify signs of oral cancer before the cancer itself develops — when the chance of curing it with no negative side effects is highest. A dentist will often perform these during routine checkups, but it’s also possible to schedule a specific appointment for oral cancer exams.

What Are The Benefits of Oral Cancer Exams?

Because oral cancer is easiest to treat and most likely to be cured in its early stages, a huge benefit of oral cancer is that it allows people to catch problems in their early stages. An oral cancer exam also serves another purpose, allowing dentists to identify and test any groups of abnormal cells in the mouth. This means that oral cancer exams can alert you to other problems with your oral health beyond cancer. Finally, the process is also incredibly convenient, over quickly, and there is no recovery time involved whatsoever.

Is An Oral Cancer Exam Right For Me?

There are very few specific symptoms that warrant an oral cancer exam, but a few telling signs should encourage you to get one. If you are at all worried about oral cancer, or if it runs in your family, an exam is always going to be the right choice. Oral cancer exams are also an especially good idea for you if you have increased risk factors for oral cancer, such as tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, previous oral cancer diagnoses, or heavy sun exposure.

In short, oral cancer exams are a quick, effective, and safe way to help prevent serious health problems. Even better, we’re happy to offer them at Pacific Dental Care! All you have to do is book a consultation with one of our dedicated professionals, and we’ll be able to perform an oral cancer exam and help you take control of your health.