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When your son or daughter’s primary teeth give way to the permanent set of teeth, cavity prevention becomes increasingly important. Many times, the molars and premolars in the back of the mouth have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surface. While these occlusal textures help their teeth with chewing and grinding, they can also trap food material and bacterial deposits.

Without some form of prevention these deposits could foster large cavities on these very important teeth. If Dr. J. Kenneth Carver notices a problem like this, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars with dental sealants.

This is a durable plastic-resin material that Dr. J. Kenneth Carver can paint onto the biting surface of each back tooth immediately following their routine dental exam. Dr. J. Kenneth Carver will then use 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 up to a decade. You should 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 Kingsport, Tennessee, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your child’s molars and premolars, you should call 423-247-5175 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Kingsport Dentistry.