Your child’s first dental exam at Kernagis Dental Excellence 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 Tampa 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 harmful bacteria They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities occur.
The application process takes only one short visit at Kernagis Dental Excellence. 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 Florida dental insurance plans. For Tampa parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Florida dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Kernagis Dental Excellence frequently recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, Kernagis Dental Excellence 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. Richard Kernagis will survey the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if required.
Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly Kernagis Dental Excellence dental visits are important for pediatric dental health. For more details about sealants, contact Kernagis Dental Excellence today.
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