Did you know that one of the most common places that tooth decay develops is on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth?
Science shows that the pits and fissures that help to grind food are also a breeding ground for bacteria and decay. Brushing and flossing keeps the smooth surfaces of the tooth enamel clean but can't reach into these smaller groves.
To protect your back teeth and avert unwanted decay a Dental Sealant is recommended. When applied, this preventive material acts as a barrier, protecting the tooth enamel by "sealing out" plaque and food. The sealant is painted onto the prepared chewing surface where it bonds directly to the tooth enamel as it hardens. Clear or white in appearance, it blends in with the natural tooth color. Sealants hold up well under the force of everyday chewing and last several years before a reapplication is needed. Recommended primarily for children and teenagers as soon as the premolars molars erupt in the mouth; the benefits from sealants are many - saving time and money on more costly restorative procedures later in life.
Ronald Rosser DDS