Using Dental Sealants to Prevent Cavities

Cavities form when plaque and food debris remain for long periods of time on the tooth surfaces. Harmful bacteria live in these substances and produce acids that attack the teeth enamel. Children are especially vulnerable to cavities because their dental hygiene habits are still developing and they may not be cleaning their teeth as thoroughly as they should. The back teeth can be especially hard to clean (even for adults); this is where 90% of cavities form in children’s teeth. To help protect against cavities in Houston, TX, Espili Dental offers dental sealant treatment.

Dental sealants are easy to apply

Sealants are thin coatings that are painted onto the teeth. They are white, clear, or slightly tinted and usually not noticeable. The coatings fill in and harden over the deep grooves of the teeth, making it harder for bacteria to collect there and also making those surfaces easier to clean. Sealants can be thought of as a protective shield between the teeth and any harmful substances that could damage them. Applying dental sealants requires a quick, painless procedure.

When should sealants be applied?

The first molars usually arrive at around age 6, the second molars at around age 12. The best time to apply sealants is as the permanent molars make their appearance.

Sealants effectively prevent cavities

Dental sealants can prevent 80% of cavities for up to two years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They can be reapplied after that time to continue protecting the teeth.

Keep your children’s teeth healthy

Cavities are fairly easy to treat with dental fillings. However, it’s always better to prevent a problem than to treat it, so it’s advisable to have a tooth treated with dental sealants and help it remain in good health rather than having it filled after a cavity has affected it.

It should be noted that dental sealants do not make the teeth completely immune to cavities – they simply reduce the chances of cavities developing. Teeth that are treated with dental sealants will still need to be brushed and flossed properly every day. A fluoride toothpaste is recommended and sweets and sugary beverages should be avoided. To learn more about dental sealants in Houston, TX, contact Espili Dental today.

The Importance of Removing Wisdom Teeth on Time

Have your wisdom teeth started to erupt? Wondering if you may need to have your wisdom teeth pulled before they become problematic? At Espili Dental we are happy to provide wisdom tooth removal in South Houston and can provide an evaluation of your wisdom teeth, smile, and overall oral health to determine if you should have your wisdom teeth removed. When it comes to timing wisdom teeth extractions, we recommend having them removed during the young adult years, when the roots of your wisdom teeth are not fully developed yet, and there’s a greater likelihood for fast recovery following the procedure. Think your wisdom teeth may be impacted? Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Toothache
  • Jaw Pain
  • Jaw Swelling
  • Earache
  • Bad Taste in Mouth
  • Bad Breath

If you notice any of the above symptoms, we recommend contacting Espili Dental for a consultation, we’d be happy to determine if wisdom tooth removal is the right option for you and your smile.

Why Early Removal of Wisdom Teeth is Preferable

When it comes to removing wisdom teeth, it is important to do it sooner rather than later for the most successful procedure. When the roots to wisdom teeth are not as established it can make the removal of them much easier and safer, leading to less damage to the surrounding tissues in the mouth. As patients age more, wisdom teeth extraction can be much more complex, making recovery often much more difficult and the risk of complications much higher.

The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process

During the wisdom tooth removal, your dentist will create an incision to completely remove your wisdom teeth. In some cases, the wisdom teeth may need to be broken prior to removal, then the teeth will be gently removed.

Schedule Wisdom Tooth Extraction in South Houston Today

Do you or a loved one need your wisdom teeth removed in South Houston? Feel free to contact Espili Dental today to schedule a consultation, we’d be more than happy to evaluate your smile, wisdom teeth, and overall oral health to determine if and when your wisdom teeth should be removed.