As your child gets older their mouth continues to grow and develop. This involves their 20 baby teeth coming loose and falling out as their 32 permanent teeth emerge. Some of the last permanent teeth to emerge are the molars. Most children have these molars emerge between 12 to 14 years old.
For many people molars and premolars in the back of the mouth can have small pits and fissures on the biting surface. Deep pits and contours can be hard to clean, making them prone to buildup of food particles and plaque that can lead to tooth decay.
Once all of your child’s molars have emerged your dentist might recommend applying a sealant to the biting surface. This thin resin layer can last for several years and will help protect the enamel from the buildup of food particles that can harbor bacteria.
Most children won’t even notice the sealant layer on their back teeth. The sealant material lasts for several years, getting your child a good start on a healthy adult mouth.
If you have any questions about dental sealants, please call us at 361.884.2266 to schedule an appointment.