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As your child’s baby teeth are shed to make way for their 32 permanent, cavity prevention becomes increasingly important. It’s also worth noting that many times the molars, and premolars develop with pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surface.

These occlusal textures help make their teeth more efficient at chewing, grinding and processing food before swallowing. Unfortunately, some of the deeper recesses in the tooth enamel can gradually start to accumulate food deposits and plaque buildup. In time, this could foster large cavities on these very important teeth.

If their routine dental checkup with Dr. Duane C. Clouse reveals a problem like this, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars with dental sealants.

This is a durable plastic resin that Dr. Duane C. Clouse meticulously applies onto the biting surface of each molar and premolar. Then he use a special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin and bond it to the tooth enamel.

Even if food material, a sugar residue, or plaque accumulate in the textured enamel surface, the resin prevents bacteria from direct exposure with the healthy tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are also very durable. With good oral hygiene practices, you can expect the dental resin to protect the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars for up to a decade.

If you live in the Maricopa, Arizona, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your child’s molars and premolars, you should call 520-316-6111 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC.