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The permanent molars and premolars in your child’s mouth play will play an important role in helping them to break down the foods they eat. Preventing tooth decay on these important teeth when they are young will help them preserve their essential oral function throughout their adult life.

Sometimes the biting surfaces of the back teeth can have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel. While these textured areas make the teeth more efficient, they can also trap bacterial deposits which could foster severe tooth decay.

If their routine dental checkup at Witty Family and Cosmetic Dentistry reveals a problem like this, our dentist might recommend protecting their molars and premolars by applying dental sealants. The treatment process is designed to apply a durable plastic resin which creates a barrier between oral bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.

One of our caring dentists, Dr. Casey Witty or Dr. Daniel Watkins will carefully paint the dental sealants onto the teeth and use a special ultraviolet light to cure and bond them to the underlying tooth enamel. They are also durable enough to withstand brushing twice each day. In many cases dental sealants can last for up to a decade.

Encouraging your son or daughter to brush their teeth every morning and night and reminding them to floss at least once per day will further help them maintain a healthy mouth.

If you live in the Nicholasville, Kentucky, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your child’s back teeth, you should call 859-881-4633 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Witty Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.