Dental Education

Dental Education


Dental Sealants

Dental sealants act as a barrier to help prevent cavities. Sealants are a plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay most often occurs due to bacteria. Toothbrush bristles are unable to reach all the way into the depressions and grooves. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.


Sealants are easy for your dentist or hygienist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary. The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life. Children should start being evaluated for sealants around the age of six.


Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. Once the fluoride varnish is applied it quickly hardens. It is then brushed off after 4 to 12 hours while brushing your teeth at home.


Dental X-Rays

X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. Dental x-rays are a tool used to help the dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. These x-rays help the dentist and hygienist:
  • Find cavities
  • Look at the tooth roots
  • Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
  • Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
  • See the status of developing teeth
  • Otherwise, monitor good tooth health through prevention
KVHC Dental uses the latest up to date digital x-ray’s which reduce radiation by as much as 80% compared to film x-rays.