By early to mid-adolescence most children will have lost their baby teeth and hand them replaced by their set of 32 adult teeth. It’s not uncommon for molars and premolars to form deep pits, fissures and contours on the biting surfaces. These areas can often be hard for your child to adequately clean. Should plaque and residual food particles get stuck in these deeper contours, it will make them much more likely to develop tooth decay.
Cavities that form on the biting surface of these back teeth are often large and require large fillings that could be problematic later on in life. If your Cindy Walker, DMD, PA dentist notices deep pits or stuck on plaque and food particles on the biting surface of your child’s back teeth they might recommend having dental sealants applied to prevent future tooth decay issues.
Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that the dentist can paint onto the biting surface of your son or daughter’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surface, the dental sealants will keep them from direct access to the tooth enamel.
Most of the time dental sealants can be applied immediately after your child’s regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for two years or more.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for your child, you should call Cindy Walker, DMD, PA at (919) 773-0004 to schedule an appointment.