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As a parent, your child’s health is obviously important to you. Maintaining good oral health and encouraging consistent oral hygiene practices helps your son or daughter enjoy a healthy mouth for many years to come. One aspect of this includes cavity prevention.

It’s not uncommon for permanent molars and premolars to have deep pits and fissures on the occlusal or biting surfaces of the tooth enamel. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean with regular brushing alone. If stray food particles and bacterial become trapped in these deep textures, it can cause large cavities.

These cavities are often large and they require large inlay or onlay fillings to repair them. As time goes by, large fillings are more likely to cause complications as the years go by.

One way to prevent this from happening is to have your dentist, Dr. Brent Bitner, apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth. Dental sealants in Cottage Grove, Oregon, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of your son or daughter’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.

Should food material or bacteria become trapped in the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel. The resin material is very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces for many years.

If you’re concerned about preserving the health of your son or daughter’s back teeth, you should call 541-942-7934 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Cottage Grove Dental.