As a parent, maintaining the health of your child’s teeth is important. While instilling good oral hygiene habits is certainly beneficial for long-term oral health, there are still further measures you can take that can help prevent cavities. Many permanent molars and premolars have deep textures along their biting edges. If stray food material and plaque aren’t removed by their twice-daily brushing, your son or daughter could be at increased risk for large cavities.
Fortunately, you can help prevent tooth decay on these teeth by having dental sealants applied to their biting surfaces.
These are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Gerald Spoto carefully applies to the biting surfaces of each back tooth. This provides a clear barrier between any bacterial matter and the underlying healthy tooth enamel.
Dr. Gerald Spoto typically recommends applying the sealants after your child’s routine dental checkup and cleaning. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surfaces is completely clean.
Once the dental sealants have been painted onto the teeth, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. If residual food particles get stuck in the occlusal surfaces in the future, the dental sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.
If you live in the Tampa, Florida, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your son or daughter’s back teeth, you should call (813) 884-3287 to schedule a dental checkup with sealants at Pro Spoto Dental.