Deep pits, textures and contours on the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars can often trap food particles and plaque. These deeply textured areas can sometimes be very difficult to clean. In time, bacteria will start to invade the pits and fissures and will exploit the enamel, forming large cavities.
If your dentist, Dr. Trace M. Lund, finds food particles and plaque trapped on the biting surfaces of your child’s teeth during a regular dental checkup, they might recommend applying dental sealants to the area.
Dental sealants are durable, plastic shells that Dr. Trace M. Lund paints over the pits and fissures to create a protective barrier. Once they are painted onto the teeth, they will use an ultraviolet light to harden and cure the resin.
The protective barrier will last for two years or longer. Just be sure that your child understands that the dental sealants are only placed on the biting surfaces of the teeth. The rest of the enamel will still be vulnerable to tooth decay. So, they should still brush their back teeth twice a day and floss once a day as part of their daily oral hygiene routine. The sealants can also be brushed because the resin material is very durable and it won’t wear down with basic brushing.
If you have questions about dental sealants in Provo, Utah, or if your child is due for their next dental checkup, you should call Provo Pediatric Dentistry at 801-373-4200 to schedule an appointment.