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Protecting your child’s teeth from cavities is important for their long-term oral health and overall quality of life. Beyond encouraging good oral hygiene habits, you can also prevent occlusal cavities from forming on the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars with dental sealants.

Dental sealants in Colonial Heights, Virginia, are basically durable, plastic, resin shields that Dr. Tom G. Schleicher carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth. This forms an invisible barrier between the natural bacteria living in your mouth and the healthy tooth enamel.

Dr. Tom G. Schleicher often recommends applying the sealants right after your child’s regular dental checkup. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surfaces is completely clean.

Once they have been applied, he 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 prevent tooth decay.

It’s important to note that the dental sealants only protect the textured biting surfaces of the back teeth. Your child will still need to brush and floss regularly to maintain the rest of the teeth and to prevent gum disease. They should brush the dental sealants because they are durable and can withstand regular wear and tear for many years.

If you’re interested in protecting your child’s back teeth with dental sealants, you should call 804-526-0231 to schedule an appointment at Thomas G. Schleicher, DDS PLC.