Dental Sealants Can Help Protect Your Child’s Molars from Certain Cavities

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The 20 teeth that serve your son or daughter in their early years will inevitably be replaced by the 32 permanent teeth that need to serve them for the rest of their lives. Preserving the health of these teeth in adolescence and early adulthood lessens their chances of tooth decay complications later in life. While instilling good oral hygiene habits certainly helps, you can also protect the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars with dental sealants.

These areas on the teeth can start to trap residual food particles and plaque, making them hard to effectively clean with brushing alone. This can result in large cavities on the biting surfaces, which requires large inlay or onlay fillings to repair. These large fillings could prove problematic later on in life. This is why dental sealants in Bristol, Connecticut, can be beneficial.

These are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist carefully paints onto the biting surface of molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer. If plaque and food particles get trapped on the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are often applied immediately after your child’s regular dental checkup with Dr. Sherif Gabr. This way we know the enamel is perfectly clean. The dental sealants are very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces for several years.

If you are concerned about protecting your son or daughter’s back teeth from occlusal cavities, you should call 860-582-4485 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Modern Dentistry of New England.