Maintaining your child’s permanent teeth will promote good oral health now and in the future. It’s relatively common to have deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean with regular brushing. If residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these areas, it can eventually lead to large areas of tooth decay.
Cavities in these areas will obviously need to be repaired with large fillings. At the same time, large fillings are more likely to cause complications later on in life.
If Dr. Trent Pryor notices deeply textured areas with stuck-on plaque and food particles, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces with dental sealants.
Dental sealants in St. George, Utah, are durable, plastic, resin products that your dentist carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.
Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel. The resin material is very durable and can protect the biting surfaces for many years.
If your child is due for their next dental checkup, you should call St. George Kids Dental at 435-673-3490 to ask about dental sealants.