What are dental fluoride and sealant applications used for?

Taking care of a child’s smile does require preventative dental care to prevent issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. To achieve this, we encourage parents of young children to consider adding services such as fluoride applications and dental sealants to their child’s upcoming dental visit in Wood Dale or Evanston, Illinois.

What are fluoride applications and dental sealants?

Preventative dental care is vital to avoid potential problems within the smile. This is when Dr. Boris Kaltchev of BK Dental may recommend certain types of treatments, including dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Let’s take a closer look at each to understand how they work to protect the smile.

  • Fluoride treatments. With fluoride applications at BK Dental, children can reduce their risk of developing tooth decay. Fluoride is described as a natural mineral that helps to strengthen the natural enamel of the teeth, making them much more resistant to any acid attacks from plaque and bacteria. This treatment involves applying a fluoride solution to the teeth, which can come in various forms, such as foam, gel, or varnish. It is a quick and painless procedure that is typically performed during routine cleanings and evaluations every six months
  • Dental sealants. Using dental sealants, a type of thin, plastic coating, will protect the back teeth from developing cavities. This is because these molars are more prone to tooth decay due to their shape and location in the mouth. The sealant is applied over the chewing surface of the teeth, creating a barrier against plaque and food particles that may get stuck in the deep grooves and pits of the molars

Which one does my child need?

During your visit with Dr. Boris Kaltchev of BK Dental in Evanston or Wood Dale, Illinois, you can ask about the benefits of each treatment and which one is best recommended for your child. In some cases, both treatments may be recommended depending on the state of your child’s oral health.

Schedule a time to speak to our team about preventive dental care services for your child!

Fluoride and sealants are the start of better oral health and wellness! Call the office of Dr. Boris Kaltchev in Wood Dale and Evanston, IL, at (630) 766-2223 and (847) 475-4080, respectively, to discuss your child’s specific needs.