The permanent molars and premolars in your child’s mouth play an important role in helping them chew and grind food. Sometimes these teeth can have deep pits and fissures in the enamel’s biting surface. While these textured areas make the teeth more efficient, they can also trap bacterial deposits capable of fostering severe tooth decay.
If their routine dental checkup with our dentist reveals a problem like this, Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt might recommend protecting their molars and premolars with dental sealants. The treatment process is designed to apply a durable plastic resin which creates a barrier between oral bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.
Once he carefully paints the dental sealants onto the teeth he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden them and bond them to the tooth enamel. They are also durable enough to withstand brushing twice each day. In many cases dental sealants can last for up to a decade.
Encouraging your son or daughter to brush their teeth every morning and night as well as reminding them to floss once each day will further help with preventing cavities and gum disease.
If you live in the Logan, Utah, region and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your child’s back teeth, you should call 435-752-1434 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Ridge View Smile Care.