Your child’s first dental exam at Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center should occur sometime between 1 and 2 years of age, or earlier. Some doctors even suggest bringing your child in when the first teeth erupt – or sometime between 6 months and 1 year. During your child’s first checkup at our Lone Tree 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 Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center. The teeth are cleaned and 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 Colorado dental insurance plans. For Denver parents who pay out of pocket, sealants are still cost-effective, considering the cavities and future visits that can be avoided. Some Colorado dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure of the qualifications. Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center 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. Drs. Almeida & Bell 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 dental visits to Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center today.
Drs. Almeida & Bell
Almeida & Bell Aesthetic Dental Center
Serving Lone Tree since 1977