At Boerne Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that well-informed patients are the best patients. We work especially hard to teach our young patients about caring for their mouths and establishing life-long habits for oral health. We know that for a lot of pediatric dentistry patients, fillings can be scary. Below is a little information to explain why there is nothing to worry about.
Dental fillings use sealants to help protect grooves in the tops of your teeth. We use these sealants both as a preventative measure and to treat cavities. The term “fillings” is most associated with the latter. In this case, we drill out any decaying tooth and fill in the gap to protect the rest of the tooth.
At our Boerne kids’ dentist office, we sometimes use a preventative version of this procedure. Some teeth have small grooves in the top that aren’t big enough for toothbrush bristles to reach. To help prevent the build-up of bacteria in these grooves, we carefully clean the tooth then apply a sealant to protect it. This fill in the gap, making oral care easier.
Taking Care Of
Your Sealants And Fillings
One great benefit of these procedures is that tooth care remains the same. Brush two or more times per day for two minutes each and floss daily. As long as you keep up good dental hygiene, your fillings or sealants will stay in good shape.