Your molars (the teeth in the back of your mouth) have lots of ridges that are great for chewing. Unfortunately, these ridges can get worn down, and they can get deeper and narrower over time. When this happens, those grooves can become great hiding places for food particles and bacteria to hide. As a result, despite a thorough brushing and flossing regimen, you could end up with a cavity.
Happily, our OC Healthy Smiles dentists can provide you with a treatment called a dental sealant to help prevent food and bacteria from sneaking into those narrow spaces. Dental sealants are comprised of a resin that fills the worn spaces and creates a smoother surface for brushing away food and bacteria. By getting dental sealants placed on your molars, you can help to keep cavities and dental fillings at bay.
Fluoride is a mineral that can help to prevent cavities by repairing damaged tooth enamel when the damage is still in its very early, microscopic stages. The benefits of fluoride have been known for decades, which is why we typically brush our teeth with a fluoride-based toothpaste.
In-office fluoride treatment at our Costa Mesa dental office can also help you and your loved ones to protect the health and integrity of your teeth. The fluoride paste used at OC Healthy Smiles is a much higher concentration than what you will find in your toothpaste or mouth rinse, and our professional supervision ensures that this higher level of fluoride won’t cause any undue side effects. If you are at a higher risk of cavities due to genetics or any other reason, ask our dental team whether fluoride treatment would be a good option for you and your smile.
Over 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and throat cancers each year, and as with any type of cancer, the chance of recovery relies in part upon how early the cancer was first detected. As part of your general dental exam and dental cleaning, our Costa Mesa dentists perform a thorough screening for signs of oral cancer. When you visit our dental office, our dentist will perform a visual inspection of your mouth and a physical examination of your jaw and neck. Should any warning signs of cancer present themselves, we will then recommend that you promptly schedule an appointment with your primary physician. By helping to facilitate early cancer detection, our dentists and dental team at OC Healthy Smiles work toward more than just the health of your teeth and gums!