Your child’s first dental exam at White & White 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 Midlothian office, we will tell you about 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. They are especially effective in the back teeth where most cavities are found.
The application process takes only one short visit at White & White. The teeth are cleaned, dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to teeth and hardened: it’s quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Sealants are covered by most Virginia dental insurance plans. For Richmond parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Virginia dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. White & White recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, White & White 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 will help the sealants last longer. J. Scott & Pranee White will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair if necessary.
Sealants, brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and twice-yearly White & White dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact White & White today.
Drs. J. Scott & Pranee White
White & White
Serving Midlothian since 2004