Dr. Marcos Ortega is committed to the prevention of cavities, 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 indispensable for keeping your smile bright and free of tooth decay. There are some places, however, where enamel damage 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 decay to flourish. Food and bacteria that is 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 critical, 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 San Diego parents obtain sealants for their children and teens, and many adults in the San Diego 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 procedures 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 essential 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 Dr. Ortega 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 San Diego area trust Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego for their children’s dental care.