Each of your child’s teeth has a specific shape and other characteristics to make it efficient at its given role in their mouth. Molars and premolars are primarily responsible for grinding and chewing food. These teeth can often deep pits and textures on the biting surface.
For some children, these areas can be difficult to clean from brushing alone. If minute bacterial deposits build up on the biting surfaces of these back teeth it could foster large cavities.
If Dr. Matt Swan notices a problem like this during your child’s dental exam, they might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of their back teeth. This creates a thin durable, clear plastic barrier that prevents bacteria from gaining direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.
A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin and fully bond the dental sealants to the underlying tooth enamel.
Dental sealants can often be applied immediately following their dental checkup. This ensures the tooth enamel is completely clean of plaque and food particles. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for several years.
If you live in the Lehi, Utah, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your child’s back teeth, we invite you to call 801-766-2111 to schedule a checkup at Mountainland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics. Our dedicated pediatric dental team looks forward to your child’s healthy smile!