Friday, March 18, 2016

Dental Sealants: What They Are and How They Work

Dental Sealants: What They Are and How They Work

Every dentist wants to ensure children’s teeth are as healthy as possible, and one of the first preventive measures they will usually recommend is dental sealants.  In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends placing dental sealants on the first and second set of permanent molars, which generally come in at 6 and 12 years of age. But what are dental sealants, how do they work, and why should you choose them for your child?

Dental sealants are hardened plastic shields, placed on the chewing, or occlusal, surface of molars and pre-molars, which seal the surface of the tooth. Sealants work by keeping food and other bacteria-causing material from getting trapped in the tooth and causing decay -- which can ultimately lead to cavities. In one study, kids who got sealant treatment had half the tooth decay of children who brushed regularly but didn’t get sealants. 

The cost for dental sealants is modest, roughly $30 to $40 per tooth, which is usually covered by dental insurance, and the sealants can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. Dental sealants were first given approval by the ADA in 1976, and while in the past there had been questions about the use of sealants and if they can be used safely, a new study concludes that sealants are safe if dentists make sure to rinse or wipe away residue after treatment. The journal Pediatrics states that the benefits sealants provide in preventing cavities outweigh any possible risks.  

Sealants can help prevent food from getting into the places where a child might have difficulty brushing. Without a sealant, it is more likely that your child could develop a cavity in an otherwise unprotected tooth. Cavities require fillings, which run the risk of failure over time.  If you want to give your child’s molars the best protection against potential cavities, dental sealants are a great place to start. Ask your child’s dentist about the possibility of sealants for your child. 

Eagle Valley Dental

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Five Ways To Get Your Green On This St. Pat's

5 Ways To Get Your Green On This St. Pat's

As the saying goes: “On St. Patrick’s day, everyone is Irish!” Gallant parades flow down city streets, and Irish music flows out of public houses … shamrock pins are dusted off from the year prior … and liquids of all sorts turn a shade greener on this special of special days for the nation’s Irish.
And, when it comes to the health of our bodies and our teeth, green is most certainly a good thing. Here are five edible goodies that’ll allow you to ring in St. Patrick’s Day in all its green glory!
  1. Drink Up: Do you enjoy a cup of tea from time to time? If so, you should consider going green. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation, promote good breath, and reduce the overall level of cavity-inducing bacteria in the mouth. Plus, it tastes great too!
  2. Get Crunchy: Green apples are wonderful allies in what should be an ongoing effort to boost saliva flow and keep your mouth hydrated throughout the day. An “apple a day” is indeed still good advice. Want some more crunch without the sugar? Try the mighty celery stalk. Eaten raw, it’s somewhat akin to nature’s toothbrush, cleaning your teeth and massaging your gums as you eat. And, like apples, celery helps toward getting that saliva flow going!
  3. Hit The Garden: Broccoli, kale, and zucchini are fabulous at remineralizing tooth enamel – a critical part of keeping your teeth healthy. Combine them with their orange brethren, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin for a Vitamin-A infused tooth bath that’ll make your dentist proud.
  4. Go For The Herbs: When it comes to fighting the oral bacteria that promote tooth decay, food that has antibacterial properties is your friend. Basil and oregano can be your champions in this battle, helping to prevent cavities and fight gum disease at the same time. Not bad for a couple of tasty herbs most of us wouldn’t mind loading up on our pasta any day of the week.
  5. Take a Trip “Down Under”: That green fuzzy fruit that gets its name from the national symbol of New Zealand (a bird that resembles the kiwifruit) helps support the collagen network in gum tissue – certainly something we’d all like to keep looking and feeling healthy. To help in peeling them, get yourself a good paring knife. The outer skin will come right off with a good knife.
Even though St. Patrick’s Day celebrations come but once a year, give your teeth a healthy boost and keep green on your mind (and on your plate!) all year round!

Eagle Valley Dental Clinic