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When you child’s permanent molars and premolars finally emerge from their gums, the biting surfaces commonly have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel. While this makes their teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding food, they can also be hard to clean. If plaque and food particles get trapped in the biting surfaces, they can cause tooth decay.

If your dentist, Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci, notices deeply textured areas with stuck-on plaque and food particles, he might recommend protecting the biting surfaces with dental sealants.

Dental sealants in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, are made of durable, plastic resin that Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.

Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures of the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep the bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel. The resin material is very durable and will not easily wear away from twice-daily brushing. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect the dental sealants to help protect the biting surfaces for two or more years.

If your son or daughter is due for their next dental checkup, you should call Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci at 610-678-5858 to ask about dental sealants.