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It’s natural for your molars and premolars to have deeply textured and pitted areas on the biting surface. In a certain light, this is an evolutionary adaptation designed to make human teeth more effective at chewing and grinding hard and touch foods. Unfortunately, for many people these areas can act like a trap for small food particles and residual plaque.

If these areas aren’t completely cleaned by brushing twice a day, they can foster large areas of tooth decay. These large cavities often call for large inlay or onlay fillings to repair. This could prove problematic in the future.

If your Dean Doles Family Dentistry dentist notices a problem like this, they will likely recommend having dental sealants applied as a preventative measure. The sealants can and should be applied immediately following your regular dental cleaning. This is the time when the enamel is certain to be clean and free of any detritus.

Dental sealants a basically a durable plastic-resin that the dentist carefully paints onto the biting surface of each molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in these areas, the resin will prevent direct contact with the tooth enamel.

If you have any questions about how dental sealants, or you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call Dean Doles Family Dentistry’s office in Allen, Texas at 972-727-7269 to set up an appointment.