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Dentist in Braintree, MA - Allen Dental Associates, Craig Allen DMD, Lauren Handwerk DMD - Dental Hygiene information
Hygiene
The basis of sound dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize cleanings on the basis of your periodontal (gums and bone) health. Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more effective.



Sealants should be used as part of a child's total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs in these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to help prevent decay. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly, and reapplied if they are no longer in place.



Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes.








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