Placing Your Child’s Dental Sealants
When a child has a high risk of developing cavities, this could lead to discomfort and even premature tooth loss. To help prevent the onset of tooth decay, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist will discuss how we use dental sealants to help prevent food from becoming stuck between the teeth! In fact, this could provide years of protection for a child’s smile.
Preparing the Smile
First, we will take a close look at the smile for signs of issues like weakened or demineralized enamel. If we find there is a high risk for cavities forming, then we may suggest placing dental sealants. To begin, we will dry the rear teeth we plan to place them on.
Once the area is dry, we will apply the acrylic material in a thin layer. The material covers the molars and is cured quickly using a special light. The process only takes a few minutes, and for many kids the sealants could stay in place for five to ten years, wearing away gradually with time.
Benefits for Their Smiles
The material prevents food from becoming stuck between the teeth. The rear teeth are often more difficult for kids to reach and clean properly when they brush and floss. Since food particles don’t become trapped there, the risk of cavities lowers significantly. In addition, during routine six month visits we can remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth to fight cavities, and also place a fluoride varnish to help strengthen the outer enamel of the entire smile. These preventive actions help protect kids of all ages, from babies to teens, from the onset of tooth decay and dental infection, so they enjoy healthy and comfortable smiles.
Using Your Benefits
Speaking of benefits, if you have dental insurance coverage or a health savings fund, this means you have benefits and money that won’t carry over into 2022. We recommend scheduling a checkup and cleaning visit now, so if there are cavities that need attention, we can treat them with a filling before the hectic holiday season begins. You then use your remaining benefits before they expire. If you have any questions about your coverage, or about scheduling a visit for your little one, then please contact our team today. We want to help your children start a new year with a stronger and healthier smile, and with a better understanding of the care necessary to keep smiles free of common issues like tooth decay.
Talk to Your Dallas, TX Dentist’s Office About Preventing Cavities
We use preventive treatments to help avoid the onset of cavities, preventing discomfort and the risk of infection. To schedule an appointment for your little one, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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