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Cavity prevention is a very important aspect of maintaining your child’s essential oral health and development. Your child’s regularly scheduled dental checkups play an important role in maintaining the health of their teeth, while also identifying problem areas that need prevention or active treatment.

When tooth decay affects the contoured biting surfaces of their molars and premolars it can require large inlay or onlay dental fillings to effectively treat the tooth. If our dentist finds bacterial deposits trapped on their teeth, she might recommend applying dental sealants.

This treatment process involves painting a special dental resin onto the molars and premolars to create a protective barrier between any bacterial matter and the underlying tooth enamel. It can often be performed at the end of the dental checkup to ensure the tooth enamel has been thoroughly cleaned.

Once the dental sealants have been applied they will be hardened and bonded to the tooth enamel with a special ultraviolet light. Once this is done they can potentially last up to ten years, despite the rigors of chewing food.

Your child should feel free to brush the sealed teeth with their soft-bristled toothbrush every morning and night as well as floss once each day. With consistency, these measures can remove bacterial deposits to help them also maintain healthy gums.

If you live in the Belpre, Ohio, area and your child has an oral health concern, you should call 740-423-8416 to schedule a dental checkup at Hawkins Family Dentistry.