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Cavity Prevention

Cavity Prevention in Newport Beach, CA

As a parent, you always want the best for your children; their teeth are no exception! Dental sealants and fluoride treatments are two surefire ways to help protect your child’s smile from tooth decay and cavities.

Did you know that taking preventive steps now can better support your child’s oral health for life? At Hersch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr. Geoffrey Hersch, Dr. Danielle Goodman, and Dr. Brophy offer dental sealants and fluoride treatment for kids that need a little leg up to fight tooth decay.

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Most Children and teens will have at least one cavity

It’s no secret that cavities are something we all want to avoid, but did you know they’re also the most common chronic childhood disease for children in America? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of children and adolescents have at least one cavity. If left untreated, little ones can suffer from pain and infections, causing an interruption in schoolwork, playtime activities, and consuming a varied diet. Fortunately, cavities are preventable through maintaining excellent oral hygiene and prioritizing anti-cavity measures, like dental sealants and fluoride.

The Benefits of Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Hersch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontists offer two treatments designed to prevent cavities: dental sealants and fluoride treatment. While both cavity prevention treatments have the same goal, they work differently. Dental Sealants form a protective layer to prevent bacteria and food from accumulating in the grooves on the teeth and stop minuscule amounts of decay from growing. Conversely, fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that protects teeth from tooth decay by strengthening the enamel. Both treatments are simple, affordable, and painless. Plus, dental sealants and fluoride treatment are an excellent financial investment because it’s much easier and more cost-effective to prevent a cavity than treat it with dental fillings, crowns, or tooth extractions.

Quality Care From Our Experienced Team

Generally, we recommend dental sealants and fluoride treatment to young patients prone to tooth decay—ideally, after a dental cleaning. Both treatments are straightforward and highly beneficial. Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Dental Sealants: Our dental team paints a clear or tooth-colored treatment to the surface of the molars (permanent back teeth), where 9 in 10 cavities occur. Although dental sealants are not permanent, they can shield against 80% of cavities for two years and continue to shield against 50% for up to four years.

  • Fluoride Treatment: During this treatment, one of our dentists or dental hygienists will topically apply a highly concentrated fluoride solution to slow down the development of cavities by helping the body better use teeth-strengthening minerals (like calcium and phosphate).

Protect your child’s smile with dental sealants and fluoride treatments

Whether you want to schedule a first-time visit or a follow-up appointment, our Newport Beach dental clinic is always available to answer your questions. Schedule a dental cleaning (and add anti-cavity treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatment) at Hersch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics through our online scheduler or call (949) 644-0611.