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In time your child’s 20 baby teeth will be lost to make room for the 32 permanent teeth that will have to last them the rest of their lives. When permanent molars and premolars emerge it’s quite common for them to have deep pits, fissures and contours on the biting surface. While this helps make the teeth more effective for chewing and grinding hard and crunchy foods, it also can be prone to trapping residual food particles and plaque.

When residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these deeply textured areas, it can foster large areas of tooth decay. Large cavities on the biting surface requires large inlay or onlay fillings to repair. In time these large fillings could prove problematic.

If your child has deep texture on their molars and premolars Dr. Teresa Eplett will often recommend protecting the biting surface with dental sealants.

Dental sealants a basically a durable plastic-resin that Dr. Teresa Eplett can apply to the biting surface of molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of the biting surface the dental sealants will keep pervasive bacteria from fostering areas of decay in your child’s tooth enamel.

Dental sealants can usually be applied immediately after your child’s regular dental checkup with Dr. Teresa Eplett The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for several years.

If you have any questions about how dental sealants can help protect your child’s back teeth, you should call Dr. Teresa Eplett at 541-772-8280 to schedule an appointment.