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Did you know that the tough substance that covers your teeth is called tooth enamel? While tooth enamel naturally fortifies itself, it’s still susceptible to tooth decay and needs your help to effectively prevent cavities in the teeth. If you have a child whose back teeth are susceptible to cavities, dental sealants can help shield these teeth from harm.

Everyone has molars and premolars whose biting surfaces are lined with grooves in order to enhance the chewing power of the teeth. However, if these grooves are too deep or too narrow to be effectively cleaned with a toothbrush, they could lodge particles of food and bacteria that then turn into plaque. These plaque deposits could cause cavities on the teeth. Children are often prone to cavities because their oral hygiene habits are still developing and they often have a lot of sugar in their snacks and treats.

Drs. Jensen or Turnbow may recommend that your child receive dental sealants, which are tooth-colored shells painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars to shield these teeth from bacteria. The process of placing a dental sealant requires us to first perform a dental cleaning, and then roughen the surface of the tooth using an acidic substance to help the sealant grip the tooth enamel. Finally, we place the dental sealant coating on the biting surface of the tooth.

For more information on the purpose of dental sealants in Independence, Missouri, and whether your child’s teeth may be at risk of cavities, schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist by calling Truman Village Family Dental at 816-569-9800 today.