As your child ages their 20 primary teeth are shed to make room for the 32 permanent teeth that will need to serve them for the rest of their life. Maintaining healthy teeth sets a good foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.
Unfortunately, it’s rather common for the biting surface of a child’s back teeth to have deep pits, fissures and other contours. Sometimes these textured areas can be so deep that residual food particles and plaque become trapped. This greatly increases the chances that they will develop large cavities on these teeth, which could prove more and more problematic with time.
If during the course of your child’s regular dental cleaning, if Dr. Clark Romney notices stuck plaque and food particles in these areas he might recommend having dental sealants applied to the biting surface of your child’s back teeth.
Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that can quickly be painted onto the biting surface of your son or daughter’s molars and premolars after their regular dental checkup. A special ultraviolet light is often used to cure and harden the resin.
It’s best to have Dr. Clark Romney apply the dental sealants at the end of your child’s dental checkup, to insure the areas are perfectly clean. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for two years or more.
If you are interested in having dental sealants applied to your child’s back teeth, you should call Dr. Clark Romney at 801.960.7913 to set up an appointment.