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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth often have deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of the tooth enamel. Should bacterial-rich plaque and food particles become trapped in these areas, it can foster tooth decay. These cavities are often large and problematic.

The resulting cavities are often large and require big fillings to repair them. As time goes by, these large fillings can prove troublesome.

Should Dr. Cathy Fermelia notice you are having trouble cleaning these areas, she might recommend protecting them with dental sealants. These are durable, plastic, resin shells that your dentist can paint onto the biting surfaces of each back tooth immediately following your regular dental checkup.

Then 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 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 brush the biting surfaces of the teeth twice each day. The durable resin will survive regular wear, tear and brushing for many years.

If you live in the Lakewood, Colorado, area and you are concerned about cavity prevention on your back teeth, you should call 303-987-2121 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Academy Park Dental Assoc.