As your child grows up, their original 20 primary teeth are gradually replaced by a set of 32 permanent teeth. The molars and premolars in the back of their mouth might emerge with deep textures in the tooth enamel of the biting surfaces.

These natural pits and fissures can be beneficial as they make the teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding food. Yet these same areas can trap food particles and plaque. In time, this could promote the development of large cavities.

One easy and effective preventative measure against these problems is to have Dr. Matt Swan apply dental sealants to the biting surface of each tooth. This creates a thin, resin barrier that prevents bacteria from having direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.

The dental sealants can be applied after their regular dental checkup and cleaning. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surfaces is completely clean. The durable resin can last for many years and will not be worn away by twice-daily brushing.

If you’re interested in preserving the health of your child’s molars and premolars in Lehi, Utah, you should call 801-766-2111 to schedule a checkup at Mountainland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics.

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