Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings.
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth. It is usually applied to the back teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Professional teeth cleanings for children and adults
A professional teeth cleaning by a Brightworks hygienist aims to remove plaque, tarter and stains that have accumulated on the teeth. Even with routine brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums, tarter can develop. We aim to comfortably clean your teeth to keep them healthy and strong.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used to help prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay begins when the bacteria and sugars present in the mouth form acids that erode the tooth’s enamel. These acids cause mineral loss from the tooth’s enamel. Left unchecked, this can lead to the formation of holes (cavities) in the teeth.
Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth through a process where the mineral bonds to weakened areas of tooth enamel. It also disrupts acid production. This helps to inhibit the process that leads to tooth decay.
Fluoride can benefit people of all ages. Children who get adequate fluoride while their teeth are still forming will develop permanent teeth that are stronger and more decay-resistant over a lifetime. Adults who are particularly susceptible to tooth decay also benefit from fluoride application.
While fluoride can help reverse early tooth decay and prevent cavities, it cannot heal cavities that have already formed. It is a great and cost-effective strategy for maintaining dental health and preventing more expensive problems later on.
Custom Night guards
A custom dental night guard is made to protect your teeth from continuous nighttime grinding and/or clenching. It fits on your top teeth, and prevents your teeth from grinding against one another while you sleep. A well-made dental night guard should not be bulky, making it possible to have a good night sleep. At Brightworks, your night guard is made custom to fit only your teeth. It is made out of a hard plastic material on the outside and a soft comfortable cushion on the inside.