As your child ages and develops, their baby teeth are gradually replaced by the complement of 32 permanent teeth that need to serve them throughout their adult life. Preserving these teeth and maintaining healthy tooth enamel in adolescence can help reduce their chances of suffering excessive tooth decay complications later in life.
Their routine dental checkup at Dr. R. Bruce Howell’s pediatric dentistry office includes a thorough examination to detect any early trouble spots. This might also involve administering a preventative treatment to reduce your child’s chances of suffering future cavities.
One convenient and popular cavity prevention option is to have Dr. R. Bruce Howell apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars at the back of your child’s mouth. They are made from a special dental resin that Dr. R. Bruce Howell meticulously paints onto the occlusal surfaces of each back tooth.
Dr. R. Bruce Howell will then use a special ultraviolet light to harden the dental sealants and bond them to the underlying tooth enamel. This will create an invisible barrier preventing bacteria from direct contact with the otherwise healthy tooth enamel.
Once the dental sealants have hardened in place, they will be very durable. Even with brushing them twice a day they can potentially protect the biting surfaces of the teeth for up to ten years.
If you live in Orem, Utah, and you have concerns about preserving the health of your child’s back teeth, you should call 801-802-7200 to schedule a dental checkup with dental sealants at Orem Pediatric Dentistry.