Children and Sealants
Before bringing your child to us for the first time, please prepare him or her for this new experience. For very young children, there are excellent children’s stories that describe a visit to the dentist. Please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits being a part of growing up. Please do not say, “The dentist will not hurt you.” Instead, say, “The dentist is going to show you lots of new and fun things to make your teeth sparkle and help you to have a prettier smile.”
Morning appointments for little ones are best because they are most refreshed and most accepting of new experiences. Expect your child to react well and enjoy the first visit to our office, and chances are he or she will do exactly that. As well as preparing your child for that important first visit, we must be thoroughly prepared for providing the best possible care for your child. Please be candid in providing us with all information pertinent to your child’s dental, medical, and social situation.
Preparing Your Child
For toddlers, we begin the important first visit by introducing the office environment and ourselves. Usually we perform an informal cavity-detection exam. For children over two, a thorough cleaning, examination, and fluoride treatment is performed. Any necessary radiographs (X-rays) of the teeth and jaws will also be taken. After a thorough study of our findings, we will prepare a treatment plan for your child’s dental needs. Although no restorative work is performed at this time, emergency treatment will be rendered if necessary. Please do not be upset if your child cries. Children are often afraid of anything new and strange, and crying is the normal reaction to that fear. Please permit us the time to develop rapport with your child. After the first visit, encourage his or her independence and allow us the privilege of bringing him or her back alone.
Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted on the tooth surface to fill the grooves and pits. The coating is hardened to protect the tooth surface from decay. The coating can be clear, white or slightly tinted, but is virtually impossible to see because of its placement on the back molars.
Sealants are a great option for the prevention of dental decay because they act as a physical barrier to the invading bacteria. The protection is determined by the sealants’ ability to adhere to the tooth.
What is the process for sealants?
Dr. Luther cleans and rinses the tooth surface to make sure that it is free of any decay. Then a special cleansing liquid is rubbed on the tooth and washed away. Finally, a seal is applied, usually on the chewing surface of the back teeth until it hardens. The procedure is pain-free and takes about five minutes per tooth.
Who is a good candidate for the sealants?
Anyone who is at a high risk for dental decay should consider sealants. In general, children are good candidates for sealants as long as they are applied before their teeth have a chance to decay.
Adults can also take advantage of sealants to prevent decay.
We’re conveniently located a quarter mile north of Highway 41, at the intersection of Richmond Street and Evergreen Drive.