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Here at Olympia Dental Group, we understand that the health of your son or daughter’s mouth is very important to you. Instilling them with good oral hygiene habits and helping them attend their regular dental checkups can keep their teeth clean and reduce their chances of suffering tooth decay and gum disease.

It’s also worth noting that many permanent molars and premolars have deep pits and textures on the occlusal, or biting, surface. While these aid these teeth in chewing and grinding, they can also be hard to effectively clean with daily brushing. Stray food matter and bacterial residue can cause large cavities on the occlusal surfaces.

When performing their regular dental checkup, Dr. Thinh Ho will monitor the condition of your son or daughter’s back teeth. If he notices a problem, he might recommend applying dental sealants to their back teeth. This can be done immediately following their dental checkup. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surface is completely clean.

Dental sealants are basically durable, plastic, resin shells your dentist carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth to create an effective barrier between bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.

Your dentist will then use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. If any residual food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you are interested in preserving the health of your child’s back teeth with dental sealants in Lacey, Washington, you should call 360-943-4777 to schedule a dental checkup at Olympia Dental Group.