Your child’s first dental exam at OKC Smiles 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 Oklahoma City office, 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 and breed detrimental bacteria They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities occur.
The application process takes only one short visit at OKC Smiles. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then the liquid sealant is applied to the teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Sealants are covered by most Oklahoma dental insurance plans. For Moore, OK parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Oklahoma dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. OKC Smiles typically recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, OKC Smiles 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 are essential and will help the sealants last longer. We will survey the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if required.
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