Dental Sealants

Protect Your Child’s Smile with Dental Sealants

Do you worry about how effectively your child is brushing and flossing their teeth? Do they or even you get cavities frequently? Well, in addition to brushing and flossing daily, there is another way that we at Rio Dental & Orthodontics can help beyond routine cleanings and checkups. We also offer dental sealants in Irving, which are like a shield for your teeth against cavity-causing bacteria. They are so effective, in fact, that children who don’t have dental sealants have three times more cavities than those with sealants. They are definitely worth considering for you and your child to prevent the need for more extensive dental treatment later.

What are dental sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin, protective plastic material that is coated on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from decay. Essentially, it keeps bacteria and food particles from getting stuck in the grooves of your molars and premolars, where cavities are more likely to occur. Although brushing and flossing are still the best ways to fight decay, dental sealants can help stop it from developing into cavities and help you avoid decay in the first place. They are a safe, effective method of promoting oral health, especially for children and adults who are prone to getting cavities.

It is recommended to get dental sealants early on, after each set of molars come in (around ages 6 and 12). That way, these teeth have cavity protection from the start for several years before sealants need to be reapplied.

What are the benefits of getting dental sealants?

Dental sealants have many advantages, including the following:

  • Dental sealants are a proven, effective way to prevent cavities.
  • The process of applying dental sealants is quick and pain free.
  • Many dental insurances cover sealants. Check with your dental insurance provider to see if this service is covered.
  • Except in the case of an allergy, the materials for sealants are safe for even the youngest patients.

What is the process for getting dental sealants?

Placing dental sealants is simple and painless. Basically, your pediatric dentist in Irving cleans and dries your tooth before applying a gel that prepares it for the sealant. After rinsing and drying the tooth again, they place the sealant into the grooves and chewing surfaces. Using a special blue light, your dentist then hardens the sealant. It’s that straightforward!

At Rio Dental and Orthodontics, we believe that prevention is key to ensuring oral health both now and in the future. We invite you to ask questions about dental sealants for you or your child, and we look forward to helping your smile stay happy and healthy for years to come. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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