During early-to-mid adolescence, your child’s set of 32 permanent teeth will be in place. These 32 permanent teeth will have to serve your child for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to make sure they are properly taken care of.
Of course, encouraging good oral hygiene habits is absolutely critical. However, even an attentive and effective oral hygiene routine might not be enough to preserve the integrity of the back teeth. Many people have deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean with regular brushing and flossing. If residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these areas, they can eventually lead to the development of tooth decay.
If your dentist, Dr. Sandy Pape, notices deep pits, plaque, or food particles on the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth during their routine checkup, she might recommend protecting the teeth with dental sealants in Key West, Florida.
Dental sealants are wafer-thin, durable shells that the dentist carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is 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 dental sealants are very durable and they can protect the biting surfaces for two full years or longer.
If your child has all of their permanent molars and premolars, you might want to talk to your dentist, Dr. Sandy Pape, about having dental sealants applied to your child’s teeth after their next regular dental checkup. All you need to do is call Isle Smile at 305-684-8536 today!