Sealants

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What is a sealant? A dental sealant (also called a pit and fissure sealant) is a plastic, professionally-applied material that is placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and some premolars) to prevent cavities. Sealants can provide a physical barrier so that cavity-causing bacteria cannot invade the pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth. When are sealants placed? First permanent molars erupt into the mouth at about...

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Fluoride Treatments

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What is fluoride? Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are lost from and added to a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids attack the enamel. These acids are formed from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth from food and debris left behind after a meal....

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Dentures

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What is a denture? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Who needs a denture? Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is...

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