As you know, your child’s permanent teeth will need to last them for the rest of their lives. This means preserving the health of their teeth in their early years is of the utmost importance. Their daily oral hygiene routine of brushing twice day and flossing each evening is a critical first step. Their twice-annual dental exam at Dr. Troy Hardy’s South Jordan, Utah clinic is also important for maintaining the long-term health of their teeth and gums.
Many times, the molars and premolars in the back of their mouth will have deep textures in the biting surface’s tooth enamel. These areas can be hard for them to keep clean of bacterial deposits and stray food matter. Without some form of prevention, this could lead to large cavities forming.
In a situation like this Dr. Troy Hardy might recommend protecting these surfaces with dental sealants. This is a durable plastic-resin material that Dr. Troy Hardy can paint onto the biting surface of each back tooth immediately following the dental exam.
A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin and bond it to the tooth enamel. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the textured enamel surface, the resin prevents bacteria from direct exposure with the healthy tooth.
Dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface on back teeth for several years. Still you should continue to encourage your son or daughter to brush the biting surface of teeth with dental sealants. The resin material is very durable and won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.
If you live in the South Jordan, Utah area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your child’s back teeth, you should call 801-446-2080 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants with Dr. Troy Hardy.