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Each of the teeth in your child’s smile has a specific shape and other characteristics help bite, chew and eat their food. The molars and premolars are most responsible for grinding and chewing their food. Because of this constant chewing action, these chompers can often have deep pits and textures on their biting surfaces.

The result is that these areas can be difficult to clean off oral debris from brushing alone. And with time, minute bacterial deposits build up on the biting surfaces of these back chompers and can foster large cavities.

If Dr. Deanna Dudenbostel notices a problem like this during your child’s dental exam, she might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of their molars. This creates a thin durable, clear plastic barrier that prevents bacteria from gaining direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.

This dental sealant is crafted of a clear or tooth-colored resin material and then painted onto the chewing surface of the molar. Dental sealants are usually applied immediately following a dental checkup. This will make sure that the tooth enamel is completely clean of plaque and food particles. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for several years.

These dental sealants are durable and actively protect the biting surface of your child’s teeth for several years. If you live in the Colmar, Pennsylvania, area and are concerned about preserving the health of your child’s back teeth, please call (215) 822-6777 to schedule a checkup at Colmar Dentistry for Kids. We look forward to helping your child’s smile stay health and strong!