Aesthetic Dentistry Solana Beach

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We are dedicated to caring for you using expert level aesthetic skills and state-of-the-art technology in a clean and comfortable environment. Providing you with an elite experience begins with top of the line tools and advanced restorative techniques.
Spear is an advanced dental program teaching advanced restorative dental procedures. Dr Gaball is amongst five percent of dentists in the country to invest in this level of post-doctoral training.
Education and technology are the begining of your elite experience.

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5D Scanning

The iTero Element® 5D imaging system is the first hybrid dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3D, intraoral color, and NIRI images. With iTero TimeLapse technology, you will be able to visualize diagnostic, restorative, or orthodontic comparisons.


Dental diode lasers, sometimes called soft-tissue lasers, are ideal for procedures that involve cutting or contouring oral soft tissues. Soft tissue lasers are ideal for troughing around preparations, sterilizing endodontic canals, treating periodontal disease, and even tooth whitening.

Air Purifiers

This surgically clean air filtration system captures dust particles, pollen, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), mold, allergens, viruses, odors (like formaldehyde and smoke), bio-aerosols, nitrous oxide, and many other pollutants that are found in the inside air in workplaces and residences.

Aerosol Control

Ivory Re Leaf allows for safer dental and hygiene procedures by minimizing aerosol risk and risk of back flow. Our product is an innovative, hands-free HVE suction device that conveniently connects to existing dental vacuum systems.

Airflow Master

AIRFLOW® Plus powder comfortably and efficiently removes biofilm, stains and young calculus supra and sub-gingivally reducing the need for hand and power instrumentation. No more rubber cups, brushes and paste.

Digital Imaging

Images are displayed on an in-office screen, making it possible for patients to finally see the same views their dentists are seeing. For some patients, intra-oral camera images are the first time they have seen the inside of their mouths.

Decay Detection

CariVu’s transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions trap and absorb the light. This unique caries detector allows the clinician to see through the tooth exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy.

Cancer Detection

ViziLite Plus is a 5-minute test that uses fluorescent light to help dentists spot abnormal changes in the mucous membranes that line the inside of the mouth and throat. The ViziLite Plus exam can help your dentist or hygienist identify abnormal tissue, that might develop into oral cancer.

The Most Advanced Dental Technology In Solana Beach

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Stunning Dental Aesthetics

We use an exclusive Beverly Hills ceramist to the stars with the most advanced techniques in the industry. Our dental restorations are natural and undetectable to the naked eye.

Strategic Treatment Planning

We approach optimal oral health with a blueprint strategy in mind. Rather than treating tooth by tooth, we offer comprehensive solutions that ensure long-lasting results.

Powerful Patient Testimonials

With over 200 five-star reviews and growing, we are the clear choice for dental care in Solana Beach. We invite you to experience our elite difference for yourself.


We are a certified Invisalign Provider offering a modern take on traditional braces.

Smile Makeovers

Our expert aesthetic dentist will carefully craft and hand deliver the smile of your dreams.

Dental Implants

Our skilled periodontist performs dental implant procedures with prescision.

Botox and Fillers

Our board certified plastic surgeon offers the latest in aesthetic youth rejuvination.

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I saw not one, but 2 AirFlow machines in her office!!! Not even sure who else has even one in San Diego!

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If you have your teeth cleaned using very gentle AirFlow technology, you will never want to have a scraping/rotating polisher cleaning again.

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They are always equipped with the highest quality and newest dental innovations that overall increase the effectiveness and lessen the anxiety of a dental visit.

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  • Digital Smile Design

  • Dental Bonding

  • Botox® and Filler Solana Beach

  • Gum Surgery Solana Beach

  • Crowns and bridges

  • White Composite Fillings


Invisalign® is an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign®, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.

If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign® could be the solution for you. Visit your Invisalign® dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.

You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign® treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.

Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign® trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.

Digital Smile Design

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see a preview of what your new smile could look like? We now offer Digital Smile Design or DSD. All it takes is a few photos of your face and closeups of your smile and we can create side-by-side images of your before and after smile. There is nothing quite like seeing the preview of your proposed new smile within the frame of your face.

This process is the beginning of our conversation with you to discuss the details of how we can deliver a custom, hand-crafted result. We find that our outcomes and smiles are best when you can have input from the very beginning of the process. Issues related to length, width, shape, and shade can all be addressed from the beginning.

At Inspire Smiles, we pride ourselves on working closely with you to deliver the best preview of your new smile. Our doctors and laboratory partners work seamlessly to listen closely and focus on all the details that will make up your new smile. The time that we put in during this consultation phase of treatment is critical to providing you with a smile that you will be thrilled with for years to come.


Dental veneers – also known as laminates – are used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of one or more teeth. Veneers are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that are customized for a desirable color and shape. They are bonded to the surface of the teeth to reshape broken, misshapen or irregular teeth, as well as provide a solution for discolored teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments. Patients with veneers typically achieve a natural tooth appearance that is well-tolerated by the gums and also resistant to future stains.

Dental veneers may be right for you if you are looking for an alternative to crowns and caps. Veneers can help you if you have gaps between your teeth or teeth that are broken, chipped, irregularly shaped, or misaligned. To find out more about whether dental veneers are right for you, contact a cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation.

Before dental veneers can be placed on the teeth, the surface of the teeth must be prepared for bonding. After administering a local anesthetic, your dentist will buff away approximately half a millimeter from the surface of the teeth. You’ll then bite into a mold that will be used to form your veneers in a dental lab. When the veneers are ready, you’ll be asked to return to have them fitted, bonded, and adjusted for shape and color.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure that adheres a composite (tooth-colored) resin to the surface of your teeth. It helps to create a brighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile without the use of prosthetics like dentures and tooth implants.

This procedure is most commonly used to treat teeth that are cracked, decayed, or discolored. It can also be used to make teeth appear longer and close spacing between teeth.

Dental bonding is a great option for individuals who want an attractive smile, but do not want to undergo an invasive procedure like dental implants. If you have minor chips, cracks, and fractures in your teeth, discolored teeth, or decay that can be built upon, dental bonding might be a great option for you.

Teeth that have undergone dental bonding can still be stained from things like coffee and tea. To avoid this, it’s advisable to avoid drinking any of these beverages for at least 48 hours after undergoing the procedure. Additionally, you can extend the life of your bonding by brushing regularly and visiting the dentists every six months.

When properly cared for, dental bonding can last up to ten years. You’ll get the most out of it by following a healthy oral hygiene routine, avoiding hard candies and chewing on ice, and staying away from food and drink that could stain your teeth. If you happen to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, be sure to brush immediately afterward.

Botox® and Filler Solana Beach

These services are provided by Dr. Curtis Gaball, a Board Certified Facial Plastic surgeon.

Botox® is a safe, FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that has been popular among healthy American men and women since its FDA approval in 2002. Millions of people have undergone Botox injections to help smooth facial lines and restore a younger appearance. Botox is injected into the facial muscles, helping to block nerve impulses and relax the muscles. Without contracting facial muscles, lines become less evident and are prevented from worsening.

Facial fillers are substances injected beneath the skin to help smooth fine lines and boost facial volume. Also known as dermal fillers, these injections are in-office procedures that are minimally invasive alternatives to cosmetic surgery. Patients often undergo facial filler injections to achieve a more youthful appearance with as little downtime as possible. Fillers are available to target nearly any area of the face, including crow’s feet, laugh lines, and thin lips.

You may be a candidate for dermal facial filling if you are unhappy with your facial volume or are looking for a non-surgical way of smoothing fine lines. Many types of facial injections are available, and our staff would be happy to help you find out which filler is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or find out more about dermal injections.

Getting a facial filler is as easy as dropping by our office on your lunch break. Using a very fine needle, your filler will be injected just beneath the surface of your skin. You will experience little or no discomfort and can return to work immediately after the procedure.

Results vary from patient to patient and are never guaranteed. However, most patients begin to see visible results within just days of undergoing a dermal injection. Results may continue to improve over the course of several weeks. Depending on the location of your injection and the type of filler used, the effects of your filler may last as long as 6 months or more.

Although many patients are candidates for Botox injections, it is not for everyone. You must be a healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 65 to qualify for Botox injections. Botox works best along the brow, where the face is prone to indention and sagging. For more information about Botox and whether it is right for you, schedule a consultation with us at your earliest convenience.

Botox is a rapid cosmetic treatment that takes just minutes to perform from the comfort of our office. The injection is administered using a very fine needle that induces only mild discomfort. You can return to work immediately after the injection.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices that support permanent tooth prosthetics that are manufactured to last a lifetime. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is mounted atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural-looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone atrophy in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile.

Gum Surgery Solana Beach

Periodontists treat their patients with the most conservative measures possible, but sometimes surgery is necessary to facilitate oral health and aesthetics. Some of the reasons your periodontist may recommend gum surgery include:

  • To restore gum tissues lost to periodontal disease. Also known as guided tissue regeneration, this procedure is often combined with bone grafting to help support the teeth.
  • To cosmetically improve your gum line. Known as mucogingival surgery, this procedure grafts soft oral tissues into the gum line to fill in areas that have become recessed. The gum grafts conceal exposed tooth roots to allow for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • To prepare your teeth for dental restorations. The purpose of this type of gum surgery is to reveal more of the tooth’s root, effectively lengthening the crown of the tooth. Crown lengthening is reserved for patients who have decay below the gum line or have inadequate tooth structure to support a dental restoration.
  • Gum surgery may be right for you if you need crown lengthening for a restoration, you want to cosmetically enhance your gum line, or you have 3mm or greater pockets around your teeth due to periodontal disease. To find out more about gum surgery and your options for treatment, schedule an appointment with your periodontist.

Your smile is an important part of your appearance. And though the size, shape, and color of the teeth are most frequently associated with oral cosmetics, the gums play an essential role too. When gingival tissues begin to recess, your teeth may look oversized and uneven. Soft tissue grafting is often used to restore the gum line using a bio-compatible grafting material that is attached to the gums to protect the tooth surface. The resulting augmentation produces restored dental symmetry and eliminates a ‘toothy’ smile.

Generally, soft tissue grafting is recommended once the gingival tissue has reached the mucosa. However, you may be a candidate for soft tissue grafting if you have noticeable gum line recession that is a source of embarrassment, is a risk to your oral health.

If you decide to undergo soft tissue grafting, your procedure will take place in your oral health provider’s office. The grafting site will be numbed, and the existing gum tissue will be loosened to make room for the graft. The grafting material is sutured in place, and you will return home the same day as your procedure.

It is normal to experience some soreness and swelling at the grafting site after your procedure. However, this will subside after a few days as your tissue graft continues to heal. Be sure to follow your post-procedural guidelines exactly as ordered by your oral surgeon, and take any prescriptions as instructed. Sutures usually dissolve or will be removed within a few days, and you should notice a significant improvement in the appearance of your gums within a few weeks. Keep in mind, however, that soft tissue grafts take several months to completely heal.

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Crowns and bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crowns or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.

If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.

If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing a porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your crown or bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.

Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.

White Composite Fillings

Composite fillings – also known as tooth-colored fillings – are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than amalgam fillings, which are darker and more easily seen by other people. Composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that chemically bond to the teeth. They can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth. Most dentists use composite restorations to treat the teeth closest to the front of the mouth, as they are more noticeable when patients smile. However, advancements in dental technology and the composition of composite fillings have made it possible for dentists to also use tooth-colored fillings on molars, which receive more wear than other teeth.

If you have a cavity, broken tooth, or deteriorated filling, you may be a candidate for a tooth-colored filling. Schedule a dental consultation to find out if composites are right for you.

During your visit, your gums and teeth will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic near the site of the filling. Once the area is numb, the decayed or damaged portion of your teeth will be removed to make room for the new tooth-colored filling. A resin will be placed over the area and cured with a hand-held light for less than a minute. The new filling will then be shaped and polished before the procedure is complete.

Composite fillings are cured with light at your dentist’s office. You should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. It’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment, but sensitivity that persists beyond a week should be reported to your dentist.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country, including. Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.

You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with a dentist to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.

Teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Your dentist will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.

Occlusal Disease

Occlusal disease is a destructive process that can result from a bite in which the teeth are not properly aligned. Forces are applied to the teeth every time they meet. When the teeth are properly aligned, teeth, muscles, which work the jaw and the jaw joint, are designed to withstand these forces. But, when bite discrepancies are present this imbalance can cause problems with the teeth, muscles, jaw joint, or a combination of all three. This disease process is the #1 most common dental disorder and at the same time the most undiagnosed dental disorder.

If the occlusal disease is diagnosed early, progression of the damage can be avoided and treatment can be much simpler. If treatment is delayed, the damage becomes more severe and solutions more expensive. Treatment can include mild reshaping of the teeth to stabilize the bite, restorations of worn teeth, orthodontic treatment to better align the teeth, or a combination of all three.

The key to preventing occlusal disease begins with a thorough examination and diagnosis. Unfortunately, this examination is oftentimes not a part of a usual and customary dental exam.

With early intervention, more complicated problems can be avoided and when more severe damage has already occurred, predictable long-term treatment is dependent on creating a stable and comfortable bite where the teeth, muscle, and jaws work in harmony with each other.

Equilibration and Bite Balance

Our teeth can contact one another in good ways, but if they contact each other in bad ways, damage and wear may occur. The process of equilibration adds good points of contact and removes places where the teeth can damage one another. When equilibration is used as a part of a restorative dentistry procedure, it can increase the comfort and longevity of the dental work.

Many times, bruxism (tooth grinding) is the result of an improper bite. If dental work is done without creating the proper bite, grinding or clenching may result. An unbalanced bite may cause damage to teeth, jaw joints, and restorative dentistry. Therefore, we balance the bite, if needed, to ensure that our dentistry lasts.

Equilibration, a simple procedure done in the office, is a method of achieving a good, balanced fit between your teeth. We add new surfaces and removes tiny contact points that keep the teeth from fitting together properly. After this procedure has been performed, the tendency to grind or clench your teeth may be eliminated altogether. To balance the bite, the models of the teeth are placed on a machine that duplicates how you chew. After perfectly balancing the models, the dentist performs the same procedure in the mouth, with the knowledge that it will work.

Some patients may continue to grind their teeth even after the bite has been balanced, usually in their sleep. A nightguard, when worn regularly, will eliminate damage to the teeth caused by bruxism that occurs during sleep, and can eliminate the pain associated with it. A thin, easy-to-wear device, this appliance will allow you to keep natural teeth longer and maintain a healthier smile while protecting dentistry already in place.

Appliance Therapy

There is no single cure for occlusal disease, though a variety of helpful devices and tools are available. There are several appliances available for patients with grinding, muscle pain, or suffering from occlusal disease. Some of the services we offer are:

  • Night Guards
  • eAppliances
  • Clear Lock Retainers
  • Athletic Guards
  • Snore Appliances
  • TMJ Splints
  • NTI-TSS Device
  • Botox®

An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from tooth impressions to minimize the abrasive action of tooth surfaces during normal sleep. Mouthguards should be worn on a long-term basis to help prevent tooth damage, damage to the temporomandibular joint and help to stabilize the occlusion.

NTI-TSS is a device is fitted by a health professional and only covers the front teeth or only allows the front teeth to touch the appliance. This appliance is unique in that it prevents the muscles from contracting because it won’t allow the teeth to come in contact therefore preventing the muscles from clenching the teeth together. The goal of the NTI-tss is to prevent the grinding of the rear molars by limiting the contraction of the temporalis muscle.

Available in various styles – including permissive and nonpermissive– occlusal, or TMJ, splints help relieve jaw pain caused by TMJ disorders. Splints are designed to support and stabilize the joints and muscles to prevent malocclusion, or the incorrect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed.

Providing more vertical support than a night guard, TMJ mouth splints are typically intended to move the lower jaw, guiding it to a more natural position. The period in which a patient may be required to wear a TMJ splint ranges from a few weeks to several months.

Botox® can be injected into the muscles to relax and weaken them. Botox® is an excellent treatment for bruxism because it weakens the muscles enough to prevent the grinding, but not enough to interfere with everyday functions like chewing and speaking.

Enamel Microabrasion

Contemporary enamel microabrasion uses a combination of mechanical and chemical means to remove of a small amount of tooth enamel (not more than a few tenths of a millimeter) to eliminate superficial discoloration. These discolorations can result from either from extrinsic factors (such as tobacco, dental plaque, certain foods, etc.) or intrinsic ones (most commonly dental fluorosis).

Patients can benefit from combined microabrasion/ bleaching techniques as microabrasion causes reduction in the enamel surface and sometimes the tooth surface appear yellowish or darker due to exposure of dentin surface and thinning of enamel layer over it. In this condition, correction of this yellow color can be achieved by using tooth whitening technique to mask the color


Enameloplasty is a cosmetic dental procedure to remove small amounts of tooth enamel to change a tooth’s size, shape, length, or surface. The procedure is typically performed on front teeth for aesthetic reasons, such as fixing a chipped tooth or making teeth a more uniform length.

Using an instrument such as a burr, drill, or sanding disc, your dentist will remove enamel to shape and contour a tooth to the desired appearance. Once the tooth is shaped to the desired appearance, your dentist will polish it.

You can expect no side effects beyond the changes to tooth length, size, shape, or surface you discussed with your dentist before the procedure. Along with the cosmetic change, your bite could be altered slightly.

With an enameloplasty, your teeth lose enamel, which is the hard surface area that covers your teeth and protects them from decay. Since enamel does not contain living cells, it cannot repair itself and will not grow back.

Along with enameloplasty, other ways to alter the shape and size of your teeth include:

  • bonding: application of a tooth-colored plastic that can be shaped and polished
  • crowns: a porcelain, ceramic, or resin cover that is put over and covers a tooth

Often, enameloplasty is used in combination with other procedures such as bonding and veneers. Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the front of a tooth.


Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows. While it’s a similar process to getting a tattoo, the ink that is used is far less concentrated than that of a regular tattoo and is specifically formulated for the microblading process.

While there are thousands of eyebrow products on the market, those that tend to opt for microblading want fuller, natural-looking eyebrows but don’t want the hassle of filling them in every single morning, or the worry that the pigment won’t last all day.

Microblading can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your skin type, lifestyle, sun exposure, and the products that you use. However, touch-ups are commonly needed about once a year, especially for those with oily skin, as the ink tends to fade and blur faster.

Oral Cancer Screening

Every dental examination includes an oral cancer screening. Dr. Gaball uses the ViziLite.

ViziLite is an advanced oral screening tool used to identify abnormal cells along the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat. The test takes approximately 2 minutes to administer, during which time a dentist will administer a special rinse to the mouth that causes the nuclei of abnormal pre-cancerous or cancerous cells appear to glow when subjected to the ViziLite technology. The light is especially useful for detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages before it has had an opportunity to spread to other tissues. The entire process is quick, painless, and has the potential to help save lives.

When you choose to get oral cancer screening, you are increasing your chances of early treatment should you be diagnosed with oral cancer. With modern technology making it possible to identify dangerous diseases in their earliest stages, why gamble with your health?

Your screening will begin when your dentist asks you to rinse the inside of your mouth and back of your throat with a special solution. Your dentist will then shine a fluorescent light on the surface areas of your inner mouth to search for spots that appear brighter than surrounding healthy tissues.

As a precaution, you should be screened for oral cancer at every dental exam or at least once yearly.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that has been shown to help strengthen teeth in children and also prevent decay in people of all ages. Topical fluoride, in particular, is helpful for promoting oral health. The American Dental Association has publicly endorsed the use of fluoride for the prevention of dental caries, as has the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.

You may need fluoride treatments if your drinking water is not fluoridated or if you are experiencing certain symptoms, such as receding gums. Fluoride treatments can also provide oral support and prevent decay if you wear orthodontic braces or are taking medications that cause dry mouth.

Fluoride treatments are painless and can be administered in your dentist’s office at your twice-yearly check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will distribute fluoridated gel, foam, or varnish into a tray and place it over your teeth. The treatment takes only a few minutes and is only required between one and four times per year.

The ADA recommends supplementing your fluoridated drinking water or fluoride treatments with fluoridated toothpaste.


Dental sealants are clear coatings applied to the surfaces of a child’s molars to prevent the development of tooth decay. They work by preventing food and plaque from resting in the grooves and crevices of molars – an area especially susceptible to cavities. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. children ages 6 to 12 currently have sealants on their teeth.

Sealants bond directly to the teeth, where they harden to a clear or tooth-colored coat. This makes them virtually undetectable to others. Though it is normal to feel new sealants with the tongue, most children quickly adapt to their presence.

The process of getting sealants is fast and painless. The tooth is cleaned before the dentist paints the sealant onto the enamel. The sealant will immediately harden, acting as a barrier between bacteria and the chewing surface of the teeth. In most cases, sealants will last several years before needing to be reapplied. However, regular visits to the dentist will be necessary to monitor the condition of the sealants and examine their effectiveness.

While sealants are extremely effective for preventing tooth decay in children, they do not replace other forms of preventative oral health care. Children should still brush and floss each day using fluoridated toothpaste. Regular dental exams and a balanced diet low in sugar are also essential for good long-term oral health.

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