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It’s not uncommon for the occlusal, or biting surface, of molars and premolars to have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel. These deeply textured areas make the teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding hard foods.

If brushing your teeth routinely fails to clean these deep textured areas, the trapped food particles and plaque will eventually create tooth decay. The resulting cavities are often large and require big fillings to repair them. As time goes by, these large fillings can prove troublesome.

If your dentist, Dr. Douglas Hauck, notices you are having trouble cleaning these areas, he might recommend protecting them with dental sealants. Dental sealants are durable, plastic, resin shells that the dentist can paint onto the biting surfaces of each back tooth immediately following your regular dental checkup.

A special ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck on the occlusal surface, the resin effectively prevents bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces on back teeth for several years. Even though your teeth are protected, you should still brush the teeth with twice each day. The durable resin will survive regular wear and tear from brushing for many years.

If you are interested in protecting the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars, you should call (949) 729.9950 to schedule an appointment at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. regarding dental sealants in Newport Beach, California.