Chewing teeth can have deep and narrow grooves. Deep grooves are difficult to clean and are vulnerable to decay. To prevent this, fissure sealants are applied on the teeth to block the grooves and to act as a barrier between the tooth and bacteria/food/plaque. The dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth using a special solution and apply the sealant. The process is usually fast and it takes only a few minutes. Sealant usually last for years and can be reapplied if needed.
Mouth guards should be worn by athletes of all ages. They help to protect teeth, jaws and soft tissues from injuries. For proper fitting and optimal protection, your dentist will custom-design a mouth guard with an impression of your teeth. These customised mouth guards are more likely to provide ultimate fit and the best protection. For a small cost, the custom mouth guards can prevent you from undergoing years of dental treatment.
Many people grind their teeth at night. Grinding of teeth is more common at night while you are asleep. Grinding of teeth, which is also known as Bruxism, can cause loss of enamel and overall loss of tooth height which can lead to other problems such as jaw pain. Night guard is a moulded plastic appliance which acts as a barrier between upper and lower teeth. The guard will be inserted into the mouth to prevent teeth from grinding against one another.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Brushing and flossing everyday help to get rid of plaque. If not removed, it will get hard to form Tartar. If plaque/calculus (also known as Tartar) remains on the teeth, it leads to inflammation in the gums which is called Gingivitis .If gingivitis is left untreated, inflammation from gums goes to the bone surrounding the tooth leading to Periodontitis. Scaling and polishing is a procedure to remove plaque/tartar/stains from the teeth.