Your child’s first dental exam at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry 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 Alexandria office, we will tell you about sealants, a family dentistry procedure applying a clear layer of plastic 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 Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry. 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 Mt. Vernon 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. Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry 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. Our Family Dentist Drs. Geren & Mady 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 Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry dental visits are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, contact Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry today.
Drs. Drs. Geren & Mady
Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry
Serving Alexandria since 1983