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Fluoride prevents cavities in children and adults by making the outer surface of your teeth more resistant to acid attacks that cause tooth decay. Fluoride can also help to decrease sensitivity. It can be found in many toothpastes as well as applied to teeth in the form of a fluoride varnish. Children as well as adults are selected for fluoride treatments based on their risk of getting cavities. Prescription toothpastes and rinses can be prescribed to higher risk patients as well.
To prevent cavities from forming, sealants are bonded to teeth to act as barriers against cavity-causing bacteria. Typically, they are placed on the surfaces of back teeth that have fissures and deep grooves—teeth determined to be most susceptible to decay. Sealants create a smoother chewing surface so that teeth do not as easily trap food. Smooth surfaces also make brushing more effective and easier to clean. Sealants are made out of a tooth colored composite resin and not easily seen in most situations. In fact, in most cases, only a dentist can tell if someone has sealants on his or her teeth. Sealants are often recommended for children and teens; however, adults can be candidates for sealants as well.
Huntington Bay Dental recommends brushing and flossing twice a day at the very least. Patients who have the best home care brush for two minutes twice per day use mouth rinses, floss and chose diets which help them keep their teeth the healthiest. The use of an electric toothbrush does help and we do feel this helps to improve how your mouth looks and feels. The hygienists at Huntington Bay Dental would be happy to help you in bettering your technique.
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Treatments for excessive snoring and sleep apnea are available at Huntington Bay Dental, where we offer oral dental appliances that can reduce or prevent the disturbing night-time noises and health risks associated with these sleep disorders. We work with the patient at length to review their medical history and collaborate with their doctors. For many of our patients with snoring disorders, we use a mandibular advancement type of appliance, which works by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward. It can be an effective, comfortable and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery. By simply wearing this appliance while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep. If you think you may have questions regarding sleep apnea or snoring and how an appliance like this can help you, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.