It’s quite natural for molars and premolars in the back of the mouth to have deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces. On a mechanical level, this helps them chew and grind tough foods more efficiently.
Unfortunately, these areas can be difficult to clean in the course of daily brushing. If residual food particles and plaque get trapped in these deep contours, they can cause large areas of tooth decay.
If your dentist, Dr. Michael Hull, notices an issue during your dental checkup, he might suggest having dental sealants applied to the back teeth. Dental sealants in Cincinnati, Ohio, are basically durable, plastic resin that Dr. Michael Hull carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your back teeth to create an effective barrier between bacteria and the healthy tooth enamel.
Dr. Michael Hull often recommends applying the sealants right after your regular dental checkup. This ensures that the enamel on the biting surface is completely clean.
Once the sealants have been applied, he 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’re interested in protecting your teeth, you should call Montgomery Dentistry at 513.793.2611 and ask about dental sealants.