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Category: Pediatric Dentistry

Fissure sealants for all ages

What is a dental fissure sealant? Dental fissure sealants are a plastic material that is placed on the occlusal (biting surface) surface of permanent premolars and molars to prevent bacteria and acid wear from causing decay.

Regular brushing and flossing helps remove plaque and food debris from smooth surfaces, but can sometimes can be missed in the deep grooves on the biting surfaces. Fluoride is one of the main components of the dental sealants we use at JVR Dental. The fluoride gets released into the deep grooves of the permanent premolars and molars which helps with re-calcification (making the tooth structure strong) of the enamel and prevent tooth decay. We commonly place dental sealants as a preventative measure on children as soon as the molars and premolars are fully erupted through the gums. The dental fissure sealants help to prevent decay on their permanent teeth. Adults can also benefit from placing dental sealants on permanent molars that have severe anatomy on the biting surfaces (very groovy teeth) and do not require fillings. What are some benefits of dental fissure sealants?

  • Dental sealants are painless.
  • No need for drilling or numbing agents.
  • Prevents occlusal tooth decay.
What can I expect when I'm getting dental sealants at JVR Dental?
  1. Preparation – first, a dental professional will polish the surface of the tooth to remove plaque and food debris from the occlusal surfaces. The tooth is then isolated and dried with air. Then etch (A tooth shampoo) will be applied to the occlusal surface and then rinsed off and dried.
  2. Application – the sealant material will be applied to the occlusal surface of the tooth with a mini toothbrush and then light cured for 30 seconds to insure it sticks to the tooth.
  3. Evaluation – the dentist will then evaluate the dental sealant and check its structure and occlusion.

5 Questions and answers about Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

Silver Diamine Fluoride What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)? Silver Diamine Fluoride is a colorless antimicrobial liquid that can treat cavities in an easy, non-invasive, fast and painless manner.

Its primary components are silver and fluoride. Silver is the antimicrobial agent that also strengthens the dentin in your tooth. Fluoride is the ingredient that stops the tooth decay and prevents any future decay from appearing. When is Silver Diamine Fluoride recommended? There are a few situations where we would recommend the use of SDF. Some of these include but are not limited to:

  • Our younger patients.
  • Children with severe cavities everywhere in their mouth.
  • Uncooperative or fearful children.
  • Special needs patients.
  • Elderly patients with severe decay and sensitivity
What are the benefits from Silver Diamine Fluoride?
  • Helps stop tooth decay.
  • Can help to relieve sensitivity.
  • Non-invasive.
  • Painless.
  • Comfortable and fast.
  • Patient will not need any local anesthetic and there is zero drilling of the tooth structure.
What are the risks related to Silver Diamine Fluoride?
  • All decayed areas will permanently stain black within a week of treatment, although healthy tooth structure will not stain. After the tooth decay is arrested, white fillings can cover up the black stained areas or small holes that may trap food.
  • If SDF accidentally touches the skin or gums, a temporary brown or white stain may appear. This is completely harmless and usually disappears within a week or two.
  • Patient will notice a slight metallic taste that will disappear within 10-15 minutes after treatment.
  • SDF cannot be used if the decay reaches into the nerve of the tooth.
What can I expect to happen in my Silver Diamine Fluorideappointment?
  • We will start by applying some Vaseline around your mouth and lips to prevent any accidental brown staining.
  • Polish the affected area to make sure it is clean and plaque free.
  • Dry the affected area with air, cotton rolls or Isolate.
  • If the decayed area is between the teeth we will insert floss between the teeth.
  • SDF liquid is applied and left for one minute to dry.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Apply topical fluoride to decrease the metallic taste and make sure we have the optimal environment for the SDF to work.
Every reasonable and effective effort will be made to ensure the success of Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment. There is always a risk that the procedure may not completely stop the decay in which case you may require further dental treatment.

Langley Pediatric Dentistry: How to Care for Your Child’s First Teeth

At JVR Dental in Langley, we know how important it is for you to take proper care of your child's dental healthcare even before they get their very first teeth. That is why we offer a wide range of pediatric dentistry treatments for children that will help maintain proper oral health. If you are unsure about how to properly care for your child's teeth, here are some simple pediatric dentistry tips on how to care for your child's first teeth.

Proper Cleaning Before Your Child's First Teeth

Parents should start cleaning their children's mouth even before their first teeth come in. Doing so will get both parent and child into the habit of good dental hygiene, and it gives baby or primary teeth a clean place to come into. The goal of cleaning the mouth before any teeth have come in is to wipe all parts of the gums and teeth. In order to properly clean your child's mouth, you should:
  1. Lie your baby in a comfortable place
  2. Make sure you can into your baby's mouth
  3. Use a soft baby brush or wrap your finger in a clean, damp washcloth
  4. Brush or wipe your baby's gums and teeth (do not use toothpaste until your child has teeth)

How to Properly Brush Your Child's Teeth

It is important to brush your children's teeth right before bedtime in order to get rid of the germs and sugars that cause cavities. Cleaning your child's teeth right before bedtime can also help your child produce more saliva, which helps keep the mouth clean. In order to properly brush your child's teeth, you should:
  1. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth, pointing the bristles to where the gums meet.
  2. Use gentle circles. Do not scrub. Make sure to clean every surface of every tooth. For the front teeth, use the front part of the brush.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The best kind of toothbrushes for children and adults alike are soft with rounded bristles. Make sure that the toothbrush is the right size for your child's mouth, and that you replace the brush at least every 3 or 4 months. Once the bristles get bent or worn down, they will no longer do a good job and may end up hurting your child's gums.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

When choosing the right toothpaste, make sure that the toothpaste you choose has fluoride (you can easily tell by looking for the symbol of the Canadian Dental Association). When brushing your children's teeth, you should only use a small amount of toothpaste. It is also important to make sure that your child spits out the toothpaste, as excessive swallowing of toothpaste can result in dental fluorosis. If you would like more information about how to care for your child's first teeth, or if you are looking for a Langley dentist, please contact JVR Dental at 604-371-3188 or by filling out a contact form on our website. Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team specialize in a variety of dental services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and more.