Pediatric Dentistry Central FL

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What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a type of protection for teeth that are particularly vulnerable to decay. While adults sometimes get dental sealants, they’re far more common in pediatric patients. Most children who get dental sealants have them only on certain teeth — usually, this would include all of the teeth in the back of the mouth. However, if a child has serious tooth decay at a young age the pediatric dentist might recommend dental sealants for the entire mouth. It’s a case by case treatment that all depends on the needs of your child.

The Dental Sealant Application Process

While your dentist applies dental sealant, your child will simply lay back and relax in the chair. There’s no pain or even discomfort during this process, and our dentists are very skilled at helping set your child’s mind at ease during the treatment. The sealant application process is very simple and will typically last no longer than a typical dental appointment — usually around an hour or so.

Your child’s teeth are cleaned thoroughly, and then a gel is painted onto them. This gel helps the teeth accept and retain the sealant resin better. After the gel is completely dry, the dental sealant resin is painted directly atop it. The sealant is then allowed to dry, and in some cases, your dentist will use a curing light to help the sealant set into place. After that, your child can return home and go back to their normal day — there are usually no restrictions to worry about.

The Effectiveness of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are so effective because they completely protect and cover the teeth. Sealants protect even the very small fissures in the teeth — the ones that are normally prime areas for bacteria and decay. Dental sealants are a very powerful tooth decay deterrent for children, as kids are often not terribly diligent brushers.

While your child has a dental sealant, the odds of them developing new cavities in the treated teeth is extremely low. However, it’s important to remember that your child still needs to brush and floss normally. Although the treated teeth may have extra protection against decay, the gums do not. Regular brushing and flossing is very important in the prevention of gum disease, so make sure that your child follows through with their oral health care routine every day after they get a sealant.

The Right Age for Dental Sealant

In most cases, children won’t get dental sealant until their permanent molars emerge. This usually happens sometime before the age of 12 but could happen later in some cases. Although it’s not as common, some younger children may need a dental sealant if they have considerable tooth decay early in life. Your dentist will determine the optimal time to apply dental sealant based on your child’s specific individual needs.

Dental Sealant Longevity

Dental sealant longevity can vary based on several different factors. The child’s oral health routine, their age when the sealant is applied, and their growth while wearing the sealant can all play a role in its longevity. In the majority of cases, dental sealants last for 5-10 years in children. Usually, by the time that the dental sealant wears off, it’s no longer needed.

There are a few ways to maximize the longevity of a dental sealant. Make sure that your child practices good oral hygiene every day, encourage them to eat a low sugar healthy diet, and take them for their dental cleanings twice a year as scheduled to make sure that your child’s dental sealant lasts for as long as possible.

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, we put kids first. The safety and comfort of our young patients is our number one concern at all times, no matter what type of procedure or treatment they’re receiving. Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida provides check-ups, treatment for tooth decay, dental sealants, orthodontic care, crowns, space maintenance, help with pacifier habits/thumb sucking habits, lip tie laser revision, tongue tie laser revision, emergency dental care, and much more. We’re proud to be a one-stop dental care provider for your child. Contact us anytime to arrange a visit!

 

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Kids Need Their Kale

Healthy teeth start with a healthy diet. With the everyday hustle and bustle that comes along with raising children, feeding your kids a properly balanced diet can seem like an impossible task. As your pediatric dentistry in Orlando we’d like to help you introduce kale into your kids’ diet.

Kale is one of those super vegetables complete with ample antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins K, A, and C. Introducing kale and other healthy vegetables into your child’s diet now will help them develop a taste for healthy choices down the road. Consider the following kid-friendly options to help integrate kale into your child’s diet:

  • Add it to a smoothie. Adding kale to a fruit smoothie is a surefire way to give your kids a yummy vitamin boost.
  • Make it into chips. Add a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt on a few kale leaves before putting them into the oven and they’ll be kale chips before you know it! Kids love the crunch.
  • Mix it in. Kale makes a great accent in several dishes including salads, soups, omelets, pastas, and even desserts.

As your pediatric dentistry in Orlando, we hope that your child gets a kick out of some kale in their diet. Contact Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida with any questions about your child’s dental health, or to schedule their next checkup!

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Dr. Bertot & Dr. Mansour Named Orlando’s Top Dentist

What an exciting time for us here at the Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida! Dr. Carlos Bertot and Dr. Kelly Mansour have been up to lots of good! We’d like to share some of the recent highlights regarding your Orlando pediatric dentistry with you here.

The first few months of 2015 have been a bit of a whirlwind here at your Orlando pediatric dentistry, and we couldn’t be happier! Dr. Bertot and Dr. Mansour have been bestowed the honor of Orlando’s Top Dentist in the March 2015 issue of Orlando Magazine. We are incredibly humbled by this major recognition, and we are thankful to all of our wonderful patients that made it possible.

Your Orlando pediatric dentistry is looking forward to late spring, as we are thrilled to announce the opening of our new St. Cloud location! We are excited for the opportunity to treat more patients in Florida in addition to our existing Maitland practice patients.

We encourage you to keep up with our blog for more exciting announcements and helpful tips from our knowledgeable and caring staff. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s visit.