Maintaining your child’s teeth helps get them started in the right direction towards an adult life of good oral health. It’s not uncommon for the biting surface on your child’s permanent molars to have deep pits and contours. Deeply contoured or pitted biting surfaces can sometimes be a challenge to completely brush clean. If food particles and plaque get stuck in these places, it can easily lead to tooth decay requiring large fillings.
Dental sealants are an inexpensive way to protect the biting surface of your child’s molars. They are made from a plastic-resin compound that your dentist can paint on the biting surface in a single short appointment. It can even be done right after your child’s regular checkup.
The resin creates a thin layer that protects the contours of the biting surface from food deposits and plaque. With proper care they will be very durable and last for several years.
Make sure your child understands that the sealants are only on the biting surface of the teeth and that regular brushing and flossing is essential for maintain the rest of the molars!
If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call us at 419-423-0343 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping your child protect their teeth for the long term!