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It’s relatively common for the permanent molars and premolars in the back of your child’s mouth to have deep textures and fissures in the biting surfaces of the tooth enamel. While this makes the teeth more effective at grinding tough foods, these areas can also capture bacterial food matter and plaque, promoting the formation of large cavities.

This could require Dr. William Wilson to repair the teeth with large fillings. As the years roll by, these fillings could prove to be problematic for your son or daughter.

If your dentist notices a problem like this, he might recommend protecting the teeth with dental sealants. These are a durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist can paint onto the biting surface of each back tooth immediately following their regular dental checkup.

Then a special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the occlusal surfaces, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from having direct exposure to the tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces of their back teeth for several years. Even though their teeth are protected, you should still encourage them to brush the biting surfaces of teeth with twice a day. The durable resin will endure regular wear, tear and brushing regularly.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you are concerned about cavity prevention on your child’s back teeth, you should call 773-947-4665 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital Dental Clinic PC.