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Each tooth in your child’s mouth has a particular shape, designed by Mother Nature to maximize its ability to bite, chew or grind the foods he or she eats. Sometimes these areas can passively trap bacterial deposits. If they’re not effectively cleaned away during your twice-daily tooth brushing, it can promote cavities forming dangerously deep in the tooth enamel.

Fortunately, your regular dental exam at Dr. R. Bruce Howell’s Orem, Utah dental office is designed to thoroughly clean your teeth as well as monitor the overall health of your mouth. If Dr. R. Bruce Howell notices bacterial deposits on your little one’s back teeth, he might recommend cleaning the tooth enamel and applying protective dental sealants.

These are a special, clear dental-grade resin that Dr. R. Bruce Howell paints onto the biting surface of each molar and premolar. Once they have been cured by a special ultraviolet light, the dental sealants will create an impervious barrier preventing bacteria from direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.

The dental sealants will be very durable, lasting up to two years, despite the rigors of chewing, grinding and regular brushing.

If you live in the Orem, Utah area and you are concerned about maintaining the health of your child’s back teeth, you should call 801-802-7200 to schedule a dental exam and dental sealants with Dr. R. Bruce Howell.