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It’s somewhat common for the tooth enamel on the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars to have deep pits and textured areas. From a functionality standpoint, this helps make the teeth more effective at chewing and grinding the tough foods you eat. Unfortunately, these areas can also actively trap food particles and bacteria.

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 require big fillings. As time goes by, these large fillings can prove troublesome.

Should Dr. Jun H Chung notice you are having trouble cleaning these areas, he might recommend protecting them with dental sealants. These are durable, plastic, resin shells that Dr. Jun H Chung can paint onto the biting surface 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 bacteria from having direct exposure to the tooth enamel.

Dental sealants are very durable and can help protect the biting surfaces of the 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 you’re interested in having your back teeth protected by dental sealants in Leesburg, Virginia, you should call 703-858-5990 to schedule a checkup at Lansdowne Dental Arts.