Your child’s first dental exam at Salt Lake Dental Care 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 Murray 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 Salt Lake Dental Care. 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 Utah dental insurance plans. For Salt Lake City parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Utah dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Salt Lake Dental Care recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, Salt Lake Dental Care 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. Clint Blackwood 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 Salt Lake Dental Care dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact Salt Lake Dental Care today.
Dr. Clint Blackwood
Salt Lake Dental Care
Serving Murray since 2005