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As your child grows their 20 primary teeth, come out as part of a natural process to make room for their 32 permanent, adult teeth. In general, the back teeth, molars and premolars, emerge in early adolescence. In some cases, the occlusal or biting surface of these back teeth might have deep pits, and contours.

When plaque and food particles get stuck in these areas it encourages large cavities to form. The large fillings needed to repair these teeth can pose problems later on in life. If Dr. Kerry Olszewski notices deep pits or stuck on plaque and food particles on these teeth she might recommend dental sealants.

Dental sealants a durable plastic-resin that Dr. Kerry Olszewski can paint onto the biting surface of your child’s back teeth. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep pits and contours, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from direct exposure to the enamel of the biting surface.

Dr. Kerry Olszewski can usually apply the sealants to your child’s back teeth after one of their regular dental checkups. The dental sealants are very durable and can help to protect the biting surface of your child’s teeth for several years.

If you have any questions about dental sealants for yourself or your child, please call Dr. Kerry Olszewski at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.