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As your child’s primary teeth are gradually replaced by their adult teeth, the molars and premolars often emerge with deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces. Sometimes these areas can be hard to clean with brushing alone. Should plaque and food particles become trapped in the tooth enamel, it could come to foster tooth decay.

To help prevent this from happening, Dr. Truong Nguyen might recommend protecting the biting surfaces of the back teeth with dental sealants. These are a durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist can paint onto the biting surfaces of each back tooth immediately following your child’s regular dental checkup.

Then he will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the occlusal surfaces, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from having direct exposure to the tooth enamel.

The dental sealants are designed to be very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces on back teeth for many years. Even though the teeth are protected, you should still encourage your son or daughter to brush the biting surfaces of the teeth with dental sealants. The resin material is very resilient and won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.

If you would like to prevent cavities on your child’s back teeth with dental sealants in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, you should call 484.392.7687 to schedule a checkup at Always Dental Care.