When you have a tooth at risk of developing a cavity, we could halt the rate of demineralization and the onset of decay with a unique preventive treatment. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist looks at the benefits of safeguarding smiles of all ages using silver diamine fluoride (SDF). We’re also going to talk about traditional fluoride treatments and our lifelike composite resin dental fillings too!
The Onset of Tooth Decay
Cavities form when the protective layer of outer enamel no longer properly safeguards the tooth, enabling harmful oral bacteria to reach the inner, sensitive layers of dentin. This could happen due to injury, such as cracked or chipped tooth, or enamel worn down by teeth grinding. However, the most common reason is weakened enamel due to poor oral hygiene. Lack of proper brushing and flossing techniques, combined with a diet high in sugary and starchy foods and drinks means plaque buildup forms and coats the teeth. Over time, this causes demineralization, weakening the enamel and eroding it until the inner dentin is exposed and the tooth becomes at risk of developing a cavity.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
How does SDF help? Well, this unique material can be applied to teeth with the early stages of demineralization, providing a protective layer and preventing the issue from growing worse. If a cavity has formed but is still in the early stages, small enough that a filling isn’t necessary, the material can be applied to halt the rate of decay and protect the tooth.
Traditional Fluoride Treatments and Dental Fillings
We also offer traditional fluoride treatments in the form of varnish we apply during routine checkup visits. Every six months, we dry the teeth and apply the material, which helps remineralize the outer enamel and prevent cavities. You can also help your smile by using a toothpaste that contains fluoride too. With a filling, we use a metal-free composite resin that is tinted to blend with the tooth’s color, ensuring a solution for your cavities that prevents infection and also looks natural. If you have any questions about the use of SDF to help stop cavities, or how we use fluoride treatments and fillings to help protect your overall oral health too, then contact our team today. We would love to help you start 2021 on the path toward a stronger, healthier, and more attractive smile.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Preventive Dentistry
We’re ready to help prevent major tooth decay with a preventive treatment option. To find out more about our approach to general and preventive treatments, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130. We’re ready to help find the best options to improve your oral health and smile beauty.