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The average person usually has their 32 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. Sometimes the occlusal, or biting surface, of these teeth have deep pits and fissures that can be difficult to clean with brushing alone.

When plaque and residual food particles become trapped in these pits and fissures, they quickly promote tooth decay and cavities.

One of the easiest solutions that our Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team recommends to prevent these complications is to protect the occlusal biting surfaces with dental sealants in Fleming Island, Florida. Even though dental sealants are more commonly recommended for kids and teenagers, more and more adults are using them to preserve their back teeth.

Your dentist, Dr. John Verville, can paint dental sealants onto the biting surfaces of your child’s back teeth in a short time. In many cases, the treatment can be completed after their routine dental checkup. Once the sealants have been placed, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to harden and cure the resin.

Should plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep pits and contours of the teeth, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from having direct exposure to the enamel of the biting surface.

Dental sealants in Fleming Island, Florida, are very durable and they can help protect the teeth for several years. The resin material is very resilient and it won’t wear away from the simple act of brushing the teeth.

If your child has all of their permanent molars and premolars, you might want to call Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 904-284-9911 to schedule an appointment regarding dental sealants.