Your child’s first dental exam at Arbor Lakes Dental should occur when the first teeth are in, usually between six months and one year of age. During your child’s first check up at our St Michael area family dentistry office, we will tell you about sealants, a clear layer of plastic applied to the grooved surfaces of the teeth.
Sealants protect the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the crevasses where food particles can get caught. They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities are found.
The application process takes only one short visit at Arbor Lakes Dental. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Sealants are covered by most dental insurance plans. For St Michael area parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Arbor Lakes Dental recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, Arbor Lakes Dental sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.
Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects will help the sealants last longer. St Michael area dentist Dr. Jamie Sledd will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if necessary.
Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly Arbor Lakes Dental dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact Arbor Lakes Dental today. We also perform a wide variety of general and cosmetic dental procedures for adults.
Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
Serving the St Michael area since 1992