Children’s developing smiles are particularly vulnerable to decay. Typically, enamel doesn’t fully harden until the adolescent years, but by then, most children have experienced some form of tooth decay.

At Orem Pediatric Dentistry, we are passionate about preventing dental issues wherever possible. That is why Dr. R. Bruce Howell provides dental sealants to our young patients. Dental sealants help to literally seal out plaque and bacteria, helping to keep tooth decay from ever happening.

Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic or acrylic applied to teeth, typically the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Food particles often become lodged between the bumps and ridges of these teeth, which in turn leads to the formation of plaque. Over time, the bacteria in plaque cause cavities. Sealants act as a protective barrier between your child’s tooth enamel and the harmful acids and bacteria that lead to decay.

Receiving dental sealants is quick and painless. Our pediatric dentist will prepare any surfaces so the sealant adheres properly, then apply the sealant material with a small brush. The whole process only takes a few minutes, and there are no recovery time or side effects. If properly cared for, dental sealants can last several years.

To learn whether your child’s smile could benefit from dental sealants in Orem, Utah, please contacting Orem Pediatric Dentistry today! Our caring pediatric dentist is eager to help your entire family achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.