The Different Needs for Dental Sealants

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We encourage your child to practice daily habits of brushing and flossing so that they can have effective oral health. We understand, though, that some kids have a hard time keeping their teeth clean even when they practice these habits because they have back teeth that easily accumulate plaque and food particles. Dr. Trace Lund and Dr. Kevin Markham can help you know if your child should receive dental sealants, which are dental resin applied in thin coatings to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants can protect the back teeth and seal out plaque to help your child avoid tooth decay.

Dental sealants are offered to both children and teens who have received their adult molars and premolars, though the best results come from applying the sealants when these teeth first erupt. We offer dental sealants to protect teeth that are prone to cavities, especially when your child is between the ages of six and 14. Sealants can also be given to adults whose teeth are free of dental fillings and decay. Children with baby teeth may even sealants in receive certain situations, such as having deep grooves in their back teeth that are very difficult to clean. We strive to help your child’s baby teeth stay healthy and not fall out early because they help permanent teeth erupt properly by maintaining proper spacing in the mouth.

Dental sealants can last up to 10 years, and each dental checkup gives our dentist an opportunity to assess the quality of the dental sealants and provide repairs if needed.

We invite you to contact Provo Pediatric Dentistry at 801-373-4200 today if you have questions about dental sealants in Provo, Utah, and would like to schedule an appointment.