By early to mid-adolescence your child’s baby teeth will have been replaced by their permanent set of adult teeth. These 32 permanent teeth will have to serve them for the rest of their lives. Preventing cavities when they are young will help your child to maintain a healthy mouth for many years to come.
Many people have deep fissures on the biting surface of their molars and premolars. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean with regular brushing alone. If residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these areas, it can eventually lead to large areas of tooth decay.
Large 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. Amanda Rhoades notices deeply textured areas where plaque and food particles can get stuck, he might recommend protecting the biting surface dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a durable plastic-resin that the dentist carefully paints to the biting surface of your son or daughter’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 surface the dental sealants will keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.
The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for two years or more.
If your child is due for their next dental checkup or you are interested in dental sealants for them, you should call Dr. Amanda Rhoades’s office in Cincinnati, Ohio at 513-231-7474 to schedule an appointment.