Preventive dentistry is the modern way of reducing the amount of dental treatment necessary to maintain a healthy mouth.
Preventive dentistry helps you keep your teeth. The two major causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. The better we prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance people have of keeping their teeth for life. That is why we allow plenty of time during every regular checkup and hygienist visit for a thorough investigation and careful patient instruction. A course of treatment may be recommended to get your mouth into a good condition and a maintenance plan will be worked out to help you keep it that way.
Sealants are also a way to prevent tooth decay on the top surface of the back teeth. They are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teeth — the molars and premolars.
Fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect all the surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants provide extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas by providing a smooth surface covering over the fissured area.