The occlusal, or biting, surfaces of your teeth are called upon to bite, chew and grind the foods you eat every day. The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are the workhorse teeth that are called upon to process food in several different ways.
To aid in this endeavor, the processes of nature have designed these teeth with deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel of the biting surfaces. While this certainly makes the teeth more effective at the task of masticating, these areas can also trap residual food particles, plaque, and tartar. As time goes by, these areas could foster large cavities.
Fortunately, Dr. Dennis Jenkins and the specialists at his Sellersburg, Indiana, dental clinic can help prevent this from happening by applying dental sealants to the teeth. These are a special, clear, dental-grade barriers that he paints onto the biting surfaces of each molar and premolar. Once they have been cured by a special ultraviolet light, the dental sealants will create an impervious barrier that blocks bacteria from having direct access to the underlying tooth enamel.
The dental sealants will be very durable and can last for many years, despite the rigors of chewing, grinding and brushing.
If you live in the Sellersburg, Indiana, area and you are concerned about maintaining the health of your molars and premolars, you should call 812-246-3386 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Designing Smiles PSC.