Your son or daughters daily routine of brushing their teeth each morning and night as well as flossing at least once each day is critical for removing bacterial deposits from their teeth and gumline. This can greatly reduce their chances of suffering from gum disease and tooth decay.
It’s also important to note that their permanent molars and premolars can sometimes have deep recesses in the biting surface of their tooth enamel. These natural pits and fissures can sometimes be hard to clean by their brushing efforts alone.
If bacterial deposits start to collect in the contours and textures of their molars and premolars, it could start to demineralize the tooth enamel. This could significantly increase their chances of suffering a large cavity on one of these very important teeth.
If the dental checkup reveals an area of demineralized tooth enamel that has not yet developed into a cavity, Dr. Matt Swan might recommend a preventive treatment. This often calls for a fluoride treatment followed by the application of dental sealants.
With the mineral strength of tooth enamel restored by fluoride, the dental sealants can help prevent a biting surface cavity on a tooth for up to a decade.
If you live in the Lehi, Utah, area and you are concerned about the health of your child’s teeth, you should call 801-766-2111 to schedule a dental checkup at Mountainland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics.