Did you know that your child’s back teeth are the most likely places for cavities to form? For example, the back teeth or molars have surfaced that are pitted. These are known as “pits and fissures”. They are designed to trap food particles and even bacteria. While regular brushing and consistent oral hygiene can prevent most tooth decay, brushing the back part of your mouth may not do a great job.
This is a cause for concern, especially for your child’s teeth. To make the concern even more alarming, a child’s newly grown permanent teeth are not nearly as resistant to decay as adult teeth are. Not only is it hard for brush bristles to get inside the pits and fissures, but even fluoride may even be insufficient to access these parts of a child’s back teeth.
That is why the best solution to prevent tooth decay in this part of your child’s mouth are sealants.
Sealants are made from a plastic resin that is designed to smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants will play a role in resisting tooth decay. When the teeth’s pits and fissures are sealed, they will likely prevent tooth decay and in turn, save your child an amount of pain and time from procedures that deal with advanced tooth decay.
Sealants are considered to be plastic fillings. You should reassure your child by letting them know that they don’t have a cavity, but this is a procedure that will prevent them from having one in the future. Because enamel does not have nerves, sealant placement will be pain-free. In the event that minimal decay is found, the dentist will deal with it accordingly. The tooth must be cleaned and dried before sealant is applied. The sealant is applied in liquid form and then dried using a special curing light.
Your child’s back teeth are just as important as the rest of the teeth in their mouth. Remember that not all brush bristles or even fluoride will be enough to prevent tooth decay in your child’s back teeth. If you would like to make an appointment for your child for sealant application, please contact us today.