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Many times when primary teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, the molars and premolars in the back of your child’s mouth have deep textures in the occlusal tooth enamel. While this helps make the teeth more effective for the tasks of chewing and grinding, the biting surfaces could also come to trap bacterial-rich material and promote tooth decay.

To prevent this from happening and to preserve the health of your child’s permanent molars and premolars, Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi might recommend applying dental sealants to the teeth.

These are basically a durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi carefully paints onto the biting surfaces of your back teeth. This creates a barrier between bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.

Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi typically recommends applying the sealants right after your regular dental checkup. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surface is completely clean.

After the dental sealant has been painted onto the biting surface, Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. If any residual food particles get stuck in the pits and fissures, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you live in the San Diego, California, area and you have cavity prevention concerns, you should call 858-259-1400 to schedule a checkup at Soudabeh Sharafi DMD.