Pediatric Dentistry in Maitland

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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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Spring into Action with Your Kids

Spring is officially in full swing and as your pediatric dentist we hope that you and your kids are making the most of it! While little teeth are our specialty, we know that healthy teeth belong to healthy little bodies. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in Central Florida, so we shared a few outdoor activities below that the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re looking to put down the game controllers and stretch out those legs under the Florida sun, consider the following outdoor activities:

• Four square. Don’t remember the last time you played? Get out the chalk and the kickball and kick start this classic playground game. You’ll be at the king square in no time!
• Beanbag toss. Beanbag toss or corn hole is becoming a popular backyard activity because anyone can play! You can build the boards yourself or buy them right from a local store.
• Broom hockey. Grab a couple of brooms and a tennis ball, and you’ve got yourself a new sport! Whether you stay on foot or strap on your rollerblades, broom hockey is sure to get your kids excited!

No matter which activities you participate in this spring, at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we hope that you and your kids enjoy some quality time in the beautiful weather. When you’re not busy rough-housing in the dirt, contact our office to schedule your child’s next dental checkup.

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Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Under One Roof!

At Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida we are proud to not only offer exceptional pediatric dental care, but also outstanding orthodontic care! Right here in our Maitland office, you will find our very own wonderful in-house orthodontist, Dr. John Smith.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven in order to evaluate their development. Both science and history suggest that making small corrections now can result in less need for orthodontic care down the road. As pediatric dentists, Dr. Bertot and Dr. Mansour are qualified to identify any foreseeable developmental problems, and therefore perform an orthodontic evaluation during each routine visit. Should Dr. Mansour or Dr. Bertot identify any developing issues, they will refer your child to the care of Dr. Smith. However, because of our comprehensive level of care, children don’t typically require the help of an orthodontist until the beginning of permanent dentition which typically occurs around eleven or twelve years of age.

When you choose Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida to care for your child’s dental health, you’re choosing an entire team of professional and knowledgeable dental health professionals. If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics in Maitland, FL, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We look forward to providing your child with the best possible dental care!