Permanent molars and premolars tend to emerge in early adolescence. For many people the biting surface of these teeth can have deep pits and contours. For some people these contours are so deep that it can be a challenge to effectively remove food particles and plaque. This invites bacteria to exploit these surfaces, increasing the chances of developing tooth decay.
Cavities that form in these areas tend to be rather large and problematic. Luckily your dentist can offer an easy preventative measure in the form of dental sealants. These sealants are made from a durable plastic-resin compound. The dentist simply paints the biting surface with the resin and then quickly hardens them with a special light.
The thin resin layer protects the contours of the biting surface of the teeth. Even if food particles and plaque get stuck in the contours, the bacteria cannot directly attack the enamel. With proper care they will be very durable and last for several years.
Be sure to explain to your child that the sealants are only on the biting surface of the teeth. Their teeth will still require regular brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay on the rest of the enamel.
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call us at 912-354-9541 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping your child protect their teeth for the long term!