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A great many people have back teeth full of deep textures along the biting surfaces that form little mountains and valleys. These textures aid the molars and premolars in grinding food, but they can also pose some health risks because brushing and flossing may not remove the food particles and plaque that become trapped. If harmful substances remain stuck in your teeth, they can cause cavities and require the placement of large dental fillings.

Our dentist may recommend dental sealants to protect the biting surfaces of your back teeth from dangers such as cavities. At Chris E. Lindsey DDS, we use a durable material called plastic resin to form dental sealants, which we apply to each molar and premolar. The sealants are hardened with a special ultraviolet light to cover the tooth with a hard barrier that blocks plaque and food particles from the tooth enamel. This process is quick and easy, and can be performed by the dentist following a dental checkup.

It’s important to seal up the deep pits and fissures on the occlusal surfaces of the back teeth to protect your dental health. You can rest assured that your dental sealants are very durable and can protect your teeth for several years, despite routine brushing and flossing. It’s still important to maintain proper oral hygiene habits because sealants aren’t a substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth.

Please feel free to call Chris E. Lindsey DDS at 650-327-3770 today to speak with Dr. Chris Lindsey if you would like to reduce your risk of cavities with dental sealants in Palo Alto, California.