Care from a Family Dentist in Olney, MD
The cornerstone of general dental care is a group of preventive dental services available at any age. Stanley Cohen, DDS provides fluoride and sealants in Olney, Rockville, and Sandy Spring. Schedule your family’s next dental appointment today to see how we help children and adults alike develop healthy, strong smiles.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens the enamel of teeth, making them resistant to bacteria, and reversing minor decay through remineralization. While any patient can benefit from fluoride, it is often a key part of children’s dental care as they are more susceptible to tooth decay than their parents.
Our dentist in Olney offers fluoride applications to patients of all ages as part of our standard dental exams and cleanings. For children, we recommend limiting their fluoride consumption to these appointments in order to prevent overexposure. Adults can have more fluoride in their diet, which is often included in city water supplies and provided by Dr. Cohen.
In addition to fluoride treatments for stronger teeth, Dr. Cohen provides sealants to prevent decay. Children benefit the most from sealants for the same reason they need fluoride, though adults can be helped by the treatment as well.
Cavities are caused by the acids that some oral bacteria produce; this acid is a byproduct of the bacteria feeding off of food debris in the smile, especially if the food was high in sugar. Molars have deep grooves on the chewing surface that food sticks to easily, making them especially susceptible to decay. Sealants are plastic coatings that cover the molars, preventing food particles from getting stuck to them. Patients of any age can keep their smiles free of cavities much more easily with the help of sealants.
Sealants are also long lasting and easy to replace. Assuming an effective oral hygiene routine is maintained, sealants can last as long as ten years before requiring replacement. The amount of preparation needed to place sealants is minimal, so reapplication can be safely done if necessary to keep your smile healthy and free of cavities.
Contact Us for Family Dental Care
Stanley Cohen, DDS, is a dentist in Olney who provides fluoride and sealants to patients of every age. We are happy to help children and adults keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime. For more information about how we help families maintain and improve their oral health, call our practice today!