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By TLC Dentistry
June 26, 2019
Tags: sealants  

SealantsDrs. William E. Lee, Pada Chalothorn, and William Cartee, Jr., of Lexington, KY, use sealants as a protective layer to prevent bacteria from decaying teeth.

Dental decay is when cavity-causing bacteria from leftover food particles that create holes in teeth because of acid-producing bacteria. Dental sealants are plastic resin coatings that smooth the chewing surfaces of teeth to resistant decay. Sealants can be made of:

  • glass ionomers
  • resin-modified glass ionomers
  • polyacid-modified resins
  • composite resin

Cavities, the cause of decay, develop on chewing surfaces and back teeth, like molars. Bacteria nestle in the tiny grooves, pits and fissures, because food particles get stuck in them.

With children, newly erupted permanent teeth don't hold up well against decay. It's easier to penetrate the hard enamel coating that's supposed to protect teeth in children.

In general, for both children and adults, fluoride-containing products and drinking water washes away food particles and strengthens enamel.

The process of getting a sealant is quite simple and quick.

  1. Your family dentist examines your teeth to check for additional issues, other than cavities of course.
  2. They clean your teeth and dries them
  3. They then apply an acid gel on the surface of your teeth and wait a few moments for the acid to open up already-existing dental pores and then rinse it off.
  4. Finally, your dentist will apply the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth and harden them with a special blue light.

Your Lexington, KY, family dentist advises you take certain preventative measures to protect your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss every night
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
  • Avoid sticky sugary foods
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth

Do you want to speak with your Lexington, KY, family dentists, Drs. William E. Lee, Pada Chalothorn, and William Cartee, Jr., about dental sealants? Just give your dentist a call today!

By TLC Dentistry
December 18, 2018
Tags: Family Dentist  

One Dentist for the Whole Family

Searching for one dentist for your whole family? Family dentists provide dental care to entire families. They have received the education and training necessary needed to work with adults and kids. TLC Dentistry, which is located in Lexington, KY, offers a full range of dental services. Dr. William Lee, Dr. Pada Chalothorn, Dr. William Cartee, Jr. are some of the top family dentists in Lexington, KY. Keep reading to discover the benefits of having a family dentist.

Dental Care Services

You can count on a family dentist to provide your household with high-quality dental care in a family-friendly environment. On a daily basis, these practitioners work with their patients to manage their oral health. Routine exams and dental cleanings are part of the job, along with treatment of dental issues like cavities. Family dentists also offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance your smile. 


One-stop-shop dental offices have become very popular in the United States. With the hectic pace of our crazy-busy lifestyles, we all search for ways to make life simpler and save time. Going to a family dentist can mean fewer office visits. You will save time by having the same dentist treat your entire family.

Lifelong Dental Care

With a family dentist, your children can maintain the same dentist throughout their whole lives—even into their adult years. Pediatric dentists provide dental care for kids. When you take your kids to a pediatric dentist, they will receive dental care into their teenage years. After that time, they will need to search for another dental provider.

Regular visits to a family dentist will get you and your loved ones on the road to good oral health. Call TLC Dentistry at 859-223-8987 today to schedule a dental appointment in Lexington, KY. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile!

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
May 04, 2017

Keeping your smile healthy and clean is imperative to avoiding dental conditions like tooth decay and gum disease. However, many people often overlook or only half complete this important step in their daily routine. Learn how a strong at-home oral care routine can benefit you and your smile with Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY.

How should I care for my teeth properly at home? 
According to the American Dental Association, people of all ages should brush their teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when it begins showing signs of wear like frayed bristles. Each brushing session should last for at least two minutes to provide the best effects on your smile. In addition to brushing, floss between every tooth at least once a day between every tooth. The ADA also recommends seeing your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

Preventing Tooth Decay and Gum Disease 
Preventing conditions like tooth decay and gum disease begins at home with the proper dental hygiene routine. However, there are also steps you can take to further protect your teeth against decay. If you have deep, natural grooves in the biting surface of your molars, your dentist can apply dental sealants, a thin, plastic coating, to them to help fill them in and prevent bacteria and food particles from becoming trapped.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Lexington, KY
Seeing your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings is key in keeping decay and gum disease at bay. Coupled with your daily oral care routine, these examinations will help your dentist find and treat problems early, preventing cavities before they have the chance to damage the tooth. By preventing decay, you also prevent gum disease, which comes from decay buildup underneath the gumline. Together, you and your dentist can keep your mouth healthy for years to come.

For more information on keeping your smile in top shape, please contact Dr. William Lee and Dr. Pada Chalothorn at TLC Dentistry in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 223-8987 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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