Even if you are a model brusher and flosser, it's nearly impossible to reach all the way into the depressions and grooves of the back teeth. To protect these hard-to-reach areas against decay, Dr. Kratz may recommend dental sealants and/or fluoride treatments.
Dental sealants are a plastic material that acts as a barrier against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are typically applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars) where the risk of decay is highest. It only takes a few minutes to apply a dental sealant to a tooth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth will be protected. During your regular checkup, Dr. Kratz will check the condition of your dental sealants to make sure they are keeping your teeth protected.
Fluoride treatments also provide another level of protection against decay. Edina Dental Care offers fluoride varnish, a relatively new and more palatable fluoride treatment. Since we apply a small amount of highly concentrated fluoride directly to the surface of your teeth, you shouldn't experience an unpleasant taste. Following treatment, the varnish remains on the teeth for several hours, making it a more effective way to prevent decay than traditional fluoride treatments.