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As your child grows, their primary teeth are eventually replaced with the permanent teeth that serve them for the rest of their life. It’s not uncommon for the biting surfaces of permanent premolars and molars to have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel.

In the basic physics of chewing, these deeply textured areas make the teeth more efficient at grinding tough foods. At the same time, these deeply textured areas can also be very hard to clean with brushing alone. If residual food particles and plaque get trapped in these deep textures, they can easily promote large and problematic cavities.

As a preventative measure against this, your dentist, Drs. Doris Madrigal, might recommend having dental sealants applied to the vulnerable areas. Dental sealants in Chicago, Illinois, are basically a durable, plastic resin that your dentist carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. They serve to create an effective barrier between bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.

Drs. Doris Madrigal often recommends applying the sealants right after your child’s regular dental checkup at DM Family Dentistry. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surface is completely clean.

Once the dental sealants have been painted onto the teeth, she will 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 them from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you are concerned about the health of your child’s back teeth, you should call us at 773.252.5757 to see if they are a good candidate for dental sealants.