Children’s teeth face a high risk of developing cavities and tooth decay. Even baby teeth face this risk as they feature deeper grooves and indentations that provide the ideal environment for bacteria and plaque. Fortunately, there are preventive treatments available to protect your child’s teeth from damage.
Dental sealants are provided in the form of a thin acrylic plastic coating that is carefully painted over your child’s back teeth. This layer can protect your child’s teeth from dangerous bacteria and acids that might get trapped in the chewing surfaces. Sealants also provide the added benefit of smoothing out rough surfaces to make brushing and flossing much easier and more effective.
Receiving dental sealants is actually a very easy process. The procedure can be completed in a single visit, often alongside a regular checkup. We will start by thoroughly cleaning your child’s teeth. We don’t want any bacteria to become trapped underneath the sealants! Next, we use an acidic etching gel to roughen the outer surfaces of their teeth which will allow the sealants to bond more easily. We then dry their teeth and carefully apply the sealant coating using a small brush. The coating will be allowed to harden, and your child’s teeth will be effectively sealed and protected from harm. Your child will need to wait at least an hour after receiving sealants before eating or drinking anything.
Longhorn Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics also offers a special Dental Assistant Training Program for our older patients. This is a fantastic program for teens who feel they may be interested in pursuing a career in dentistry later in life. The program lasts 13 sessions, with classes being held on either Saturdays or Sundays. We are happy to provide more information for teens and their parents.
Keep your child’s teeth protected with dental sealants from Longhorn Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. This preventive treatment can go a long way towards helping them maintain their great-looking smile. Please call us at (512) 234-3535 to schedule an appointment.