As a parent, it is no secret that enforcing and training your children to have good oral care habits is no easy task. With that being said, it is so common for young kids to have appointments to visit the pediatric dentist for one reason – dental fillings. A dental filling procedure is the most common reason for young children and adults alike to see their pediatric dentist outside of the two times a year for their biannual cleanings. What if we told you that besides teaching your child how to brush and floss correctly, there is, even more you can do?
To make the right choice as to whether your child needs dental sealants you can educate yourself on exactly what they are and what they can do. Dental sealants are made of a clear or white polymer material painted on the surface of your child’s molars, where food and bacteria can most commonly collect themselves. The sealant dries, making a protective barrier between the outside world and your children’s teeth.
Sealants can be applied in a single appointment. Your child’s dentist begins by cleaning and drying their teeth thoroughly. When the teeth have dried, it is time to put the bonding agent on them to give the dental sealant a better chance to grip their teeth. Finally, the sealant is painted on their teeth; if cared for correctly, it can last a long time.
Even if you find that your child is a responsible brusher, children’s diet and lifestyle make them prone to cavities. Keep your children protected by making an appointment with us at Urbach Pediatric Dentistry in Houston, TX, today!