As experienced children’s dentists, Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NJ recommends bringing your child in for their first checkup after their first teeth come in. That usually between six months and one year of age.
During your child’s first check-up, we can discuss 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. As the particles break down they breed dangerous bacteria, which in turn can cause cavities. Sealants are especially effective on the back teeth, where most cavities occur.
The application process takes only one short visit. The teeth are cleaned and 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.
Diligent oral hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects are essential and will help the sealants last longer. We will review the sealants during future dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if necessary.
Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly checkups are essenteial for your child’s dental health. At Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH, we offer pediatric dentistry, as well as family dentistry for Mom and Dad. Schedule an appointment today.
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