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Growing up leads to many physical transformations in your child’s body. One of the more salient changes includes their 20 primary teeth being replaced by the 32 adult teeth that will need to serve them for the rest of their lives. Many times, the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars at the back of their mouth have deep pits and fissures on the occlusal, or biting, surfaces of the tooth enamel.

While this helps them more efficiently chew and grind food, these areas can sometimes be hard to clean with regular brushing alone. When stray food material and bacteria become trapped in these deep textures, it can promote 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.

One easy method for preventing these problems and preserving the health of their back teeth is to have Dr. Rebecca Pitner apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces. Dental sealants are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Rebecca Pitner paints onto the biting surfaces of their back teeth during their regular dental checkup at Pitner Family Dentistry.

Once they have been applied, a special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.

If stray 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 live in the Bessemer, Alabama, area and you’re concerned about preserving the health of your child’s back teeth, you should call 205-426-2644 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants.