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As your child grows their 20 baby teeth, loosen and fall out to make way for their 32 permanent teeth. In general molars and premolars emerge in early adolescence. Sometimes the biting surface of these back teeth have deep pits, fissures and contours. It might be hard to remove plaque and food particles from these deeper contours.

If plaque and food particles linger in these areas, it increases their chances of developing large cavities on the biting surface. tooth decay. Large fillings could prove to be problematic later on in their life.

If Dr. Blake Lawlor notices deep pits or stuck on plaque and food particles on these teeth they might recommend dental sealants.

Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that Dr. Blake Lawlor paints onto the biting surface of your child’s back teeth. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep contours, the resin will prevent bacteria from directly attacking the enamel biting surface.

Dr. Blake Lawlor can usually apply the sealants after your child’s regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface of your child’s teeth for several years.

If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call us at 316-684-5511 to schedule an appointment.