What are the benefits of a night guard?
Night guards act as a barrier between your top and
bottom teeth. They are also an excellent way to protect any crowns and bridges you may have.
How long will it last?
Night guards are fabricated with a durable and flexible acrylic. They are designed to last for very long time, but their longevity varies with the amount of biting forces you have.
How do you make a night guard?
We start by taking an impression of both your upper and lower teeth. These impressions are used to make a custom fit appliance for your top or bottom teeth
Fissure Sealant for Children
When should it be done?
The first permanent back molars are usually sealed between 6 and 7 years of age. If required the rest of the molars are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years.
Do the teeth need special care afterwards?
No special care is needed, but the back teeth still need to be brushed regularly with a good toothbrush, preferably using fluoride toothpaste. It's also important to keep going to your dentist or dental therapist for regular check-ups because other teeth might need attention.
How can you prevent dental caries?
Being careful with how often you eat sugary foods or have sugary drinks.
Brushing and flossing your teeth carefully to reduce the amount of bacteria (in plaque) on their surfaces.
Using fluoride toothpaste – this will make the surfaces of teeth more resistant to acid.
Attending regularly to dental checkups for professional cleaning and early detection of problems
What causes a cavity?
Tooth decay, or cavities, can be a problem for anyone, regardless of age. The hard outer layer of your teeth is called enamel, and tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel.
What is fissure sealant?
A fissure sealant is a safe plastic like material that is painted on to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) and acts like a physical barrier to help "seal out" germs and food that cause tooth decay and destroy tooth structure.