Gum disease and tooth decay can occur when good oral hygiene (that means brushing and flossing) and routine cleanings are not done. Prevention is the best way to avoid needing dental treatment. The ideal way to do this is with regular exams, x-rays, and cleanings.
Sealants may also be recommended to prevent decay, and are most often placed on children and teenagers, although in some cases can be recommend for adults. A sealant is a protective layer placed on the natural grooves and pits in your teeth that protects the from becoming infected with decay.