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By early to mid-adolescence, most children lose all of their baby teeth to accommodate their new permanent teeth. Sometimes, permanent molars and premolars emerge have deep fissures and pits that trap food and can be hard to keep clean. When plaque and food particles remain in these areas too long, the result can be tooth decay. If our team notices deep pits in your child’s smile, we may recommend dental sealants.

When cavities form on the biting surface of molars, they can easily grow to become large and require significant dental fillings that could cause problems in later years. Our team can apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces of these teeth to prevent tooth decay from developing.

Dental sealants are durable plastic coatings that are painted onto the chewing surface of your child’s molars and then hardened with a special ultraviolet light. They serve to prevent food residue and plaque from directly accessing the tooth enamel.

We can typically apply the sealants as part of your child’s regular dental checkup, and sealants should last two years or more. If you have any questions about receiving dental sealants in Alhambra, California, please call 626-281-1536 and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Stephen M. Dang, at Main Street Dental.