As a parent, it is no secret that enforcing and training your children to have good oral care habits is no easy task in the slightest. With that being said, it is so common for young kids to have appointments to visit the dentist for one reason – dental fillings. A dental filling procedure is the most common reason for young children and adults alike to see their dentist outside of the two time 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?
In order to make the right choice as to whether your child needs dental sealants or not, the best thing you can do is educate yourself on exactly what they are and what they can do. Dental sealants are made of a clear or white polymer material that is painted on the surface of your child’s molars where food and bacteria can most common 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. By the time the teeth have dried, it is time to put the bonding agent on the teeth to give the dental sealant a better chance to grip their teeth. Finally, the sealant is painted on their teeth, and if cared for correctly, can last a pretty long time.
Even if you find that your child is a responsible brusher, the diet and lifestyle children have makes them prone to cavities. Keep your children protected by making them an appointment with us at Urbach Pediatric Dentistry in Houston, TX, today!