Pediatric Preventative Care
Baker & Graham
Regular Exams and Cleanings
Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your child’s oral health and their total body health. During their regular exam, we will check for any problems that you may not be able to see, look for cavities and other signs of tooth decay, and provide a thorough teeth cleaning.
Per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation, we suggest that your child see us as soon as their first baby teeth erupt, or by their first birthday.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in the back of your little one’s mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your child’s teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your child’s sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for their teeth to be re-sealed.