The permanent molars and premolars that come to fill back of your child’s mouth commonly have deep pits and fissures along the biting surface. While this helps your son or daughter to chew and grind food, these deeply textured biting surfaces can also be prone to trapping residual food particles and plaque. These deep textures can often be hard to clean, leading to the formation of large cavities on the biting surface.
At Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry we often recommend protecting the biting surface of your child’s back teeth with basic dental sealants. It’s not unheard-of for adults to choose to have dental sealants applied to the biting surface of their back teeth as a preventative measure.
Dental sealants are a durable plastic resin that our dentists carefully paint onto the biting surface of you or your child’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Even though residual food particles and plaque might still get trapped in the deep textures of the biting surface, the resin blocks bacteria from direct access to the healthy tooth enamel.
We often apply the dental sealants immediately following your regular dental checkup. Dental sealants are very durable, and will not be worn away by brushing your teeth. On the average most sealants last for around two years.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, you should call Children's Landing Pediatric Dentistry at 801.282.1802 to schedule an appointment.