Sealants

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Getting your child to properly brush their teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day and floss daily is much easier said than done. Even if your child is brushing and flossing, they may still struggle with covering all the surfaces of their mouth. To prevent these areas from becoming affected by dental decay, your Stone Oak Pediatric Dentist may recommend the use of dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin clear, white, or tooth-colored coatings that are applied to the surface of your child’s teeth in order to seal the tooth and protect it from the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. They are generally used for the molars, where plaque and food debris tend to accumulate in the pits and fissures. 

Did You Know?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of dental sealants in children ages 6-12. This is because research has shown that dental sealants reduce the risk of childhood cavities by 80% and that children without dental sealants generally have about 3 times more cavities than those who have had sealants applied to their teeth. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

When should my child get dental sealants?

The best time for your child to get dental sealants is as soon as their molars have fully erupted. Using dental sealants on freshly erupted teeth means that from the beginning, they are protected from dental decay. In most cases, the first molars erupt around the age of 6 and the second molars erupt around the age of 12. To have your child’s teeth protected from tooth decay, schedule a consultation with your Stone Oak Pediatric Dentist today. 

What can my child expect when having dental sealants placed?

Placing dental sealants is an easy and painless process. Your child will first have their teeth cleaned to remove any plaque and bacteria from the surface of the teeth. This is an important step so that bacteria does not get trapped underneath the sealant. After cleaning your child’s teeth, your Stone Oak Pediatric Dentist will apply an acidic solution to the teeth in order to roughen the surface and allow the sealant to adhere better. The teeth will then be rinsed and dried prior to the sealant being brushed onto the chewing surface of the molars. At this point, the dental sealant may either be left in place to dry or it may be hardened in place with a curing light. 

Dental sealant being brushed onto tooth's surface

How long will my child's sealant last?

You can expect your child’s sealant to last about four years before needing to be replaced. In the first two years after placement, dental sealants reduce the risk of decay by 80% and slowly decreases to 50% at four years. To get the most of your child’s sealant, it is recommended to have them replaced at least every four years. Additionally, if they fall out, become damaged, or are excessively worn, they may need to be replaced sooner to prevent bacteria from becoming trapped underneath them. 

Are dental sealants safe?

The American Dental Association has declared dental sealants as a safe preventative treatment for children. Recently, there has been some controversy over the possible use of BPA in sealants. To clarify, BPA is not an ingredient of dental sealants, however it can be temporarily produced during the application process. This is not as common anymore, because many dentists use sealants that do not produce BPA at all. Even in cases where BPA exposure can occur, it is such a tiny amount that simply breathing air yields 100 times more BPA exposure. 

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ATTN: Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry

Dear Families of Kids World Pediatric Dentistry,

We hope you are all well and in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Texas State Dental Board, American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff from the current COVID-19 crisis. The process to check in will for now be different than the previous “normal”

        Before your appointment fill our screening questionnaire and any required forms from our website, this will reduce paperwork at the office. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive at the office in case anything has changed. The patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival. Please understand that if required we might have to reschedule your visit.

        Check in by phone when you park your car. You will receive a text to enter the office.

        Please bring only the patient that is being seen and one adult.

        We will guide you to either a seating area assigned with a letter or straight to the treatment room.

        Mandatory:  Please wear mask.

        Please maintain social distancing.

        Only patients in treatment areas when possible, this reduces effects of any aerosols.

        We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

        Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, books, toys, ipads and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

        Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

        We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 210 787 1200 or visit our website at kidsworldpediatricdental.com

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you and your smiles.

Sincerely,

Kids World Pediatric Dentistry Team

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