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Your son or daughter’s permanent teeth can play an important role in helping them bite off and breakdown the foods they consume. These teeth will need to serve them throughout the long years of their adult life, so preventing cavities in their adolescent years may be of utmost importance.

Many permanent molars and premolars have deep pits and fissures on the biting surface. While these textures in the tooth enamel can help them grind and chew, they can also trap stray food particles and plaque, which could foster large areas of tooth decay.

If their regularly scheduled dental checkups reveal trapped bacterial deposits on the occlusal surfaces of their molars and premolars our dentist might recommend applying basic dental sealants to area. Dr. David McKenna can often perform this simple treatment following their dental checkup.

Dental sealants are created from a special type of dental resin that our dentist can carefully paint onto the biting surface of each tooth. A special ultraviolet light may then be used to harden the dental sealants and marry them to the underlying tooth enamel. Once this is done they can create an invisible barrier preventing bacterial deposits from direct access to the naturally healthy tooth enamel.

If you live in the Palo Alto, California, area and you are concerned about the health of your child’s permanent molars and premolars, you should call 650-321-4544 to set up a dental checkup at McKenna Family Dentistry.