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The process of growing up causes a plethora of changes with your child’s body. This includes their 20 primary teeth being replaced by the 32 permanent teeth that will need to last them through adulthood.

Sometimes permanent premolars and molars have deep textures in the tooth enamel along the biting surface. While this helps their teeth be more efficient at chewing and grinding, the deep recesses in the tooth enamel could potentially harbor bacterial deposits.

If they’re not cleared away by your child’s daily brushing attempts, it could gradually cause a large cavity to develop. Treating a problem of this magnitude might call for using large dental fillings or a dental crown.

If their routine dental exam with Dr. Anthony Scoma reveals the early stages of a problem like this, he might recommend cleaning the area and protecting the teeth with dental sealants.

This is a special type of dental resin that creates a clear, impervious barrier along the biting surface of each molar and premolar. Even if plaque and food residue become trapped in the deep recesses they will be unable to access the healthy tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are designed to be durable enough to resist wear from biting, chewing, and daily brushing. Most can last for up to ten years.  

If you live in the La Jolla, California, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your son or daughter’s back teeth, you should call 858-551-9700 to schedule an appointment at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc.