Birch Avenue Dental
Routine Cleanings & Preventive Care for the Entire Family
Our goal is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. We encourage individual consultations and dental exams, cleanings, x-rays (when needed) and focus on encouraging proper home care. We also provide sealants to help protect teeth against decay, fluoride treatments for healthier and stronger enamel, and athletic mouthguards and nightguards to protect your smile.
Progression of Decay
Tooth decay originates with plaque, the sticky bacteria-laden film that collects on your teeth between brushings. It’s a common condition; tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the world’s most prevalent ailment. Although many people believe that the terms “tooth decay” and “cavity” are synonymous, they are not. Tooth decay (also known as dental caries) originates when bacteria produce acid that destroys the surface of the teeth. The decay process is gradual. When decay advances to the point where a hole forms in the enamel, this is called a cavity. Initially this hole may be microscopic. If left untreated, the decay can penetrate through the enamel layer and into the softer tissue below.
New research shows that everyone can benefit from fluoride. Experts used to think that fluoride worked mainly by strengthening teeth while they were still developing. This meant that children were the focus of fluoridation efforts. Studies now show that topical fluoride — the kind in toothpastes, mouth rinses and fluoride treatments — helps fight decay in people of all ages.
Sealants are a safe, painless, and low cost way to help protect your child's back teeth from decay. Sealants have been used on children's teeth for more than 20 years. A thin, plastic, tooth-colored or clear coating (sealant) is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. This forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and cause decay. Sealants typically last 3 to 5 years and are easily replaceable when needed.