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For most children, primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are totally replaced by the set of 32 permanent teeth at some point in their early to mid-adolescence. These teeth will serve your child for the rest of their lives, so diligent maintenance and oral hygiene are an absolute must.

One potential challenge might be maintaining the biting surface of your child’s back teeth. It’s rather common for these teeth to emerge from the gums with deep pits and fissures that often trap bacteria and plaque. Should tooth decay form in these areas, it often requires your dentist, Dr. , to repair them with large inlay and onlay fillings.

One easy and effective way to prevent plaque and food particles from becoming trapped in these pits and fissures is for your dentist to apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces of each of your child’s back teeth.

Dental sealants in Sandy, Utah, are a durable, plastic resin that Dr. applies to the biting surfaces of the back teeth to create a protective barrier. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles become trapped in the pits and fissures, the dental sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

Your dentist can apply the dental sealants immediately following your child’s regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and can help protect the biting surface for two years or more.

If you have any questions about dental sealants, you can call Dentistry for Children Utah at 801-562-2222 to schedule an appointment.