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Have you noticed that your teeth are specifically shaped to bite and chew food? Your back teeth, or your molars and premolars, are full of cusps that aid in grinding up food. However, these helpful cusps can also trap particles like plaque and food debris, putting you at an increased risk of cavities. If you are worried about large cavities developing on back teeth, ask our dentist about receiving dental sealants to prevent tooth decay.

Back teeth can be protected from tooth decay when their chewing surfaces are coated with a thin plastic seal that stops harmful substances from invading the tooth enamel. We apply dental sealants after the teeth are cleaned, dried and then roughened with a mildly acidic solution that bonds the sealants to the tooth surface. We may have each sealant harden naturally or speed up the process with a special light.

Sealants typically are known as a dental treatment for children because they are ideal for new molars and premolars, but older children and adults may also need dental sealants if they have back teeth that can easily develop cavities.

It’s important to maintain regular dental hygiene habits twice a day even after receiving dental sealants. Additionally, visit the dentist every six months to receive dental checkups and make sure your sealants are strong and don’t need to be replaced.

We invite you to speak with Dr. John F. Lann to learn more about dental sealants in Round Rock, Texas, by calling 512-255-1025 today! Our team at the practice of John F. Lann, DDS - Round Rock TX Dentist is here for you!