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The biting surfaces of many people’s back teeth can sometimes have deeply textured areas on the enamel. If brushing your teeth routinely fails to clean these deeply textured areas, the trapped food particles and plaque will eventually harbor tooth decay. The resulting cavities are often large and they require big fillings to repair them. As time goes by, these large fillings can prove troublesome.

To help prevent these problems, your dentist, Dr. Chris Kim, might recommend protecting the biting surfaces of your back teeth with dental sealants. Dental sealants in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, are durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist can paint onto the biting surfaces of each back tooth immediately following your regular dental checkup.

A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin. When plaque and food particles get stuck in the occlusal surfaces, the resin effectively prevents the bacteria from having direct exposure 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 continue to brush the biting surfaces of the teeth with dental sealants. The resin material is very resilient and won’t wear away from simple routine brushing.

If are concerned about the prevention of cavities on your back teeth, you should call 860-623-2601 to schedule an appointment at Healthy Smiles Dental Care PC.