The processes by which we provide these services are:
Our services are available to every county.
*Miles of Smiles, Ltd. makes an annual donation to each participating grantee/Health Department/Head Start to help facilitate their oral health initiatives. All monies that transact between us for the dental sealant program is awarded back to grantee/Health Department/Head Start after the final billing cycle in June.
Minerals such as fluoride, calcium and phosphate help to correct demineralization by strengthening weakened areas of tooth enamel. Fluoride accumulates in teeth and bones, adhering to areas where demineralization has occurred and making the enamel harder than it was before. The rebuilding of tooth enamel is called remineralization. It strengthens teeth and helps to prevent cavities, but cannot restore an area once a cavity has formed. Fluoride is also absorbed into plaque, and inhibits its growth by disrupting the acid-producing activity of bacteria in the mouth.
Fluoride directly applied to teeth, is absorbed into tooth enamel. Fluoride levels in the mouth remain high for several hours after a topical application. The use of fluoride is important because tooth decay remains a significant problem in the United States. Professionally applied fluoride treatments provide extra protection against tooth decay. These treatments are safe and effective. The fluoride used for these treatments has a higher concentration level and different chemical makeup than the fluoride found in over-the-counter products. Before a fluoride treatment, a patient’s teeth will be cleaned. The fluoride varnish is then painted onto the teeth and quickly dries. The fluoride used in professionally applied treatments is flavored to make the experience more palatable for patients.
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