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The average person usually has his or her 20 baby teeth replaced by their permanent adult teeth by early to mid-adolescence. The premolars and molars in the back of your child’s mouth are usually the last teeth to emerge. It’s not uncommon for the biting surface of these teeth to have deep pits and fissures that can be difficult to clean with brushing alone. Stuck-on plaque and residual food particles in these areas greatly increases the chances of large cavities forming on the biting surface.

The large fillings needed to repair these cavities could give your son or daughter troubles as they grow older. In a situation like this Dr. Milad may recommend having dental sealants applied to the biting surface of your child’s molars and premolars. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surface, the dental sealants will keep them from direct access to the tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are made from durable plastic resin that can quickly be painted onto the biting surface of your son or daughter’s molars and premolars after their regular dental checkup. A special ultraviolet light is often used to cure and harden the resin.

Dr. Milad can usually apply the sealants immediately after their regular dental checkup. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface for several years.

If you are interested in having dental sealants applied to your child’s back teeth, please call Shining Smiles LLC at 630-972-4010 to set up an appointment.