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It’s relatively common for the occlusal or biting surfaces of permanent back teeth to have deep textures in the tooth enamel. This helps the molars and premolars efficiently chew and grind tough foods. When your child’s permanent teeth come in, the deep textures might be hard to clean during twice-daily brushing.

If food particles and bacteria become trapped in these areas, it could cause large occlusal cavities. These might require large fillings in order to repair them.

If your dentist, Dr. Joan M. Jupina, notices plaque and food particles trapped in these areas, she might recommend a thorough cleaning before the application of dental sealants.

Dental sealants in Hayward, California, are basically durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Joan M. Jupina paints onto the biting surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck on the biting surfaces, the sealants will prevent bacteria from having direct access to the healthy tooth enamel beneath.

Dental sealants can be applied immediately after your child’s regular dental checkup and cleaning to ensure the enamel is completely clean.

You can expect dental sealants to last for many years and they won’t be worn away when your child brushes their teeth twice each day.

If you are interested in dental sealants for your child, you should call 510.783.1414 to schedule an appointment at Jupina Dental.