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Promoting good oral hygiene habits to your son or daughter is one essential step toward helping them maintain good oral health throughout their adult life. Beyond instilling good oral hygiene practices, there are other simple things you can do to help prevent cavities.

It’s relatively common for there to be deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of permanent molars and premolars. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean with regular brushing alone. If residual food particles and plaque become trapped in these areas, it can eventually lead to large areas of tooth decay.

Large cavities in these areas will obviously need to be repaired with large fillings. At the same time, large fillings are more likely to cause complications as the years go by.

If your dentist, Dr. Christine Lee, notices deeply textured areas with stuck-on plaque and food particles, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces with dental sealants.

Dental sealants in Woodstock, Georgia, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Christine Lee carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of your son or daughter’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.

Should plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of 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 your child has their permanent molars and premolars and you’re interested in preventing cavities, you should call 770.592.7000 to schedule an appointment for dental sealants at Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry.