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Pediatric dentistry is a subspecialty of dentistry involved with providing dental care and educational resources to our youngest patients. We are trained to deal with very young children who have a natural tendency to be somewhat apprehensive in an unfamiliar medical environment. We want your child to be completely at ease while they are receiving needed dental care so that these types of visits become routine as they move into adulthood.
Pediatric Dental Exam
One important dental visit for your child will be their initial pediatric dental exam. This allows your dental team to conduct an inspection of your child’s teeth, mouth and gums. They will be mainly looking for signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
This type of appointment is also typically used to provide educational resources to both the parent and child so that they understand the elements of proper oral care in preventing problems before they gain a foothold.
Pediatric Dental Sealants
The back of the mouth is a difficult area to reach for cleaning. Also, the back molars have deeper grooves in them, providing a better environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. For this reason, we often recommend that children get pediatric sealants. The American Dental Association (ADA) has found that sealants can prevent up to 80% of cavities, making this treatment a solid investment in the oral health of your child.
Sealants are a thin coating painted onto the molars to prevent tooth decay. The sealant is a clear or thin white liquid that is applied using a small brush. A blue LED light is used to create a solid seal between the tooth and liquid sealant. What is left behind is a hard layer of protection against cavities.
One thing that parents appreciate about pediatric dental sealants is that the treatment is completely noninvasive. No shots, numbing agents, or anesthesia is required. No drilling is needed. The procedure is quite comfortable for the child.
Applying Pediatric Dental Sealants
The process of applying pediatric dental sealants is fairly simple and straightforward.
- The teeth are cleaned using a special brush and gritty toothpaste.
- The teeth are dried and isolated from saliva.
- An etching solution is applied to the tooth surfaces to disinfect and prepare for proper adhesion.
- The etching solution is rinsed off, and the teeth are dried again.
- A bonding layer is applied, followed by the sealant to cover the tooth enamel.
- An LED light is used to cure the sealant. The sealant hardens and bonds to the teeth.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
When was the last time that your child visited the dentist for a routine dental exam and cleaning? If you have been neglecting this important dental service, we encourage you to contact our office today to get your child back on track so that they can preserve their teeth and oral health.