Your child’s first dental exam at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS 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 San Antonio 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.
Getting your child’s sealants applied takes only one short visit at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS. The teeth are cleaned and dried, and then liquid sealant is applied to the teeth and hardened: the process is quick and painless. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Sealants are covered by most Texas dental insurance plans. For San Antonio parents who pay out-of-pocket, sealants are still cost-effective, considering the cavities and future visits they can help you avoid. Some Texas dental insurance plans have age limitations for sealants. Check your policy if you are unsure. William J. Stewart Jr. DDS recommends having sealants applied as early as possible.
If properly cared for, 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. William Stewart 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 at William J. Stewart Jr. DDS are essential for pediatric dental health. For more information about sealants, or with any questions about our comprehensive offering of general and cosmetic dental services, contact William J. Stewart Jr. DDS today.
William J. Stewart Jr. DDS
Serving San Antonio since 1981