Your child’s first family dentistry exam at Staten Island 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 Staten Island 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 Staten Island 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 dental insurance plans. For Staten Island parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Staten Island Dental Care recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, Staten Island Dental Care sealants can last for many years, protecting your child during the most cavity-prone ages.
Diligent dental hygiene and refraining from biting into hard objects will help the sealants last longer. Staten Island dentist Dr. Frederick Hecht 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 Staten Island Dental Care dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact Staten Island Dental Care today.
Dr. Frederick Hecht
Staten Island Dental Care
Serving Staten Island since 1976