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Molars and premolars typically have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surfaces. This makes the teeth more efficient for the task of chewing and grinding the tough foods you eat. Unfortunately, they can also act as traps for food residue and bacterial plaque. If your twice-daily brushing fails to remove this matter, it could come to harbor large and potentially dangerous cavities.

To help prevent this from happening, Dr. Sukyoung Ahn might recommend protecting the biting surfaces of your back teeth with dental sealants. These are a durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist can paint onto the biting surface of each back tooth immediately following your regular dental checkup.

Dr. Sukyoung Ahn will then use a special dental-grade ultraviolet light to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the occlusal surfaces, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from having direct exposure to the tooth enamel.

The dental sealants are designed to be very durable and they can help protect the biting surfaces on back teeth for many years. Even though your teeth are protected, you should still brush the biting surfaces of the teeth with dental sealants. The resin material is very durable and won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.

If you live in the Chico, California, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your back teeth, you can always call 530-342-0104 to schedule a checkup at Sukyoung Ahn DDS.