When children are learning how and why it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, they often have good intentions, but their execution needs continued grooming. Why? Because they’re kids! They want to be outdoors playing, which means, they may not be brushing for a full two minutes or getting to some of those hard to reach areas. If you’re worried about your child’s oral health and the possibility of cavities, our dental professionals at Sprout Dentistry for Kids can help! How? With dental sealants in McKinney. This quick and painless process creates a barrier over your child’s back teeth, protecting them from decay. If you’re ready to let us help your child stay cavity-free, contact us to schedule an appointment.
Is your child prone to cavities? Are you worried that because of their oral habits, they will battle tooth decay? If so, our pediatric dentists offer a solution that will provide added protection to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth – the premolars and molars. What are they? Dental sealants.
Offered in most offices that specialize in pediatric dentistry in McKinney, this thin, plastic coating protects your child’s teeth from bacteria and plaque. Teeth have pits and grooves, which are typically hard to reach when brushing and/or flossing. Sealants protect these areas, as they are prone to trapping food. With dental sealants, these grooves can remain cavity-free.
When your child arrives to have dental sealants placed, the first thing to remind them is that there’s nothing to be scared of. Our dental team will also ensure your child is comfortable and at ease before starting any procedure. While dental sealants are not technically a “procedure,” it does require that your child sit still in order for the sealants to be placed appropriately.
Our dentists will start by cleaning the teeth that are needing the sealants. Then, once the teeth are dry, cotton is placed around them to keep them dry. The chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth will be roughened just a bit so that the sealant solution will adhere to the tooth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried, and new cotton is placed around the teeth. Finally, our dentists will paint the sealants onto the tooth enamel, so it bonds to the tooth and hardens.