Dental Blog

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Seabreeze Dental Clinic is dedicated in educating our patients about dental health.

 
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By following our dental blog:

■ you will learn about different dental procedures
■ receive tips on improving not only your oral health but overall health
■ discover foods that are good for oral and overall help
■ receive current and informative dental and health news
■ how to handle emergencies

 
 

What are sealants?

Sealants protect teeth and help to prevent tooth decay. They are most often placed in children and teenagers although, some adults may also benefit from sealants too. Tooth decay can start soon after the first set of teeth come in and often begins on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, or the molars. These surfaces often have pits and grooves making it making it more difficult to clean by toothbrush alone. If a tooth is stained or has mild decay, your dentist may suggest you get a sealant.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A dental sealant is a plastic material (resin) applied to the surfaces of the molars. First, the tooth is cleaned and the surfaces are prepared to help the sealant stick to the tooth. Then the sealant is placed onto the surface of the tooth and a special light is used to help the sealant harden. The sealant acts as a barrier, sealing out food, bacteria, and plaque. They usually white or clear in color making them unnoticeable when you smile or talk.

Sealants may last several years before needing to be replaced. Eating crunchy hard foods and chewing on ice can also break the sealants down. Your dentist will determine if your sealants need to be reapplied. While sealants help protect your teeth, daily preventative oral care at home along with regular exams and cleanings at the dentist's office are important in maintaining good oral hygiene.

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Eating right is not only good for your health...

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Eating right is also an essential factor in preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Eating right is more than eating healthy foods; it’s also having healthy eating habits. Your mouth is the very first step in the digestion process; it’s the initial contact with all the nutrients you eat. Did you know that the first signs of poor nutrition oftentimes appear in your oral health?

“Everything in moderation” and for optimal dental health it is suggested that we limit our drinks and snacks between meals. Not always easy to do and many people like to snack on chips or sweets that are not good for their teeth and puts them at a greater risk for cavities. If you need to have a snack, try fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese or yogurt.

Lower your risk of cavities by:

► Reduce amount of snacking between meals,- how often you eat

► Try snacking on healthier choices such as cheese, fruits and vegetables

► Limit foods that can damage your teeth

► Brush twice daily for two minutes and floss at least once a day

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