Cavity Prevention on Back Teeth is Improved by Dental Sealants

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As a parent, all levels of your child’s health are important to you. This includes helping them maintain good oral health through the prevention of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Instilling good oral hygiene habits and bringing them to Nicholas A. Jamison II DDS twice a year for a dental checkup are critical first steps in helping them have a healthy mouth.

Cavity prevention is especially important in adolescence when their primary teeth have been completely replaced by the complement of permanent teeth. These teeth need to last them for the rest of their lives, and tooth decay complications now can lead to more significant complications further on down the road.

The deep textures on the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars are of special concern. These areas can sometimes trap stray food particles and bacterial buildup, which significantly promotes tooth decay.

If Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II notices a situation like this, he might recommend protecting those teeth with dental sealants. These are a durable, plastic, resin barriers that Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II can paint onto the biting surfaces of each back tooth immediately following your son or daughter’s regular dental checkup.

A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin and bond it to the tooth enamel. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the biting surfaces, the resin prevents bacteria from having direct exposure to the tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces on the back teeth for several years. Still, you should continue to encourage your son or daughter to brush the biting surfaces of teeth. The resin material is very durable and it won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.

If you live in the Greeley, Colorado, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your child’s back teeth, you should call 970-506-1122 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Nicholas A. Jamison II DDS.