Doctor Mark Miely is dedicated to the prevention of tooth decay, which is the foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile.
The Importance of Prevention
Preventative dentistry – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with a dental hygienist – are vital for keeping your smile bright and free of tooth decay. There are some places, however, where enamel deterioration can occur even with dedicated oral hygiene.
Keeping Molars Clean
The very back of the mouth, where the premolars and molars are, is the most difficult area to brush and floss. Deep pits in molars and spaces between teeth are the perfect environment for tooth decay to flourish. Food and bacteria that are lodged in pits of molars and spaces between teeth create acid that has direct contact with tooth enamel and immediately goes to work.
Extra Protection for Molars
While brushing frequently is essential, an additional safeguard against decay is the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants are a plastic barrier applied to the teeth. The sealants are placed over the top of each tooth, to avoid bacteria and plaque having direct contact with the tooth.
Many Upper Arlington parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the Columbus area are having them applied to help fight tooth decay and protect enamel. After sealants are applied, they will be examined at each visit and reapplied as required.
Are They Cost-Effective?
Sealants are relatively inexpensive initially and downright cheap when you consider the cost of filling cavities and restorative care that may be required in the future. Sealants may be the best investment you ever make in your child’s smile.
To maintain a healthy smile, follow these vital steps:
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is replaced every few months
- Brush with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste after each meal
- Eat a diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and low-fat protein sources.
- Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially soda and hard or chewy candy
- Visit Doctor Miely at least once a year and have your teeth cleaned and examined
- Consider having sealants to help protect the enamel in the hard-to-clean places
People all over the Columbus area trust Mark A. Miely DDS in Upper Arlington for their children’s dental care.
Call today for an appointment at 614-451-2100 and trust the caring team at Mark A. Miely DDS to help keep your family smiling.
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