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As your child grows the structure of their mouth continues to expand. In time all 20 of their primary teeth will be fully replaced by their 32 adult teeth. Sometimes the molars and premolars in the back of their mouth will emerge with deep textures in the tooth enamel of the biting surface.

On a functional level, these occlusal textures make their teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding. However, these pits and fissures can also trap food material and bacterial deposits. If the areas aren’t easily cleaned by their daily brushing, large cavities could form in the deep recesses of the tooth enamel.

If Dr. Lyndel Stripling notices a problem like this during your son or daughter’s dental checkup, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars with dental sealants.

This is a durable dental resin material that Dr. Lyndel Stripling can paint onto the biting surface of each back tooth immediately following their routine dental exam. Dr. Lyndel Stripling will then use a special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin which will effectively cement it to the tooth enamel.

Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the textured enamel surface the dental sealants bacteria from direct exposure with the healthy tooth.

Dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface of 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 Dallas, Texas, area and you are concerned about maintaining your child’s teeth, you should call (214) 613-1279 to schedule a dental checkup with dental sealants at Lake Highlands Dental.