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Each of your teeth plays an important role in your overall oral function. The large premolars and molars in the back of your mouth work together to help bite off, chew, and grind foods. This is thanks in part to deep textures in the biting surfaces of the tooth enamel.

If food material and plaque become trapped in the pits and fissures of the biting surface, they can start to develop into bacterial deposits. As this starts to happen it could significantly increase your chances of suffering large cavities on these very important back teeth.

To easily prevent a problem of this magnitude, our team will apply dental sealants to the biting surfaces of each of your back teeth. They are a durable plastic resin that are carefully painted onto the teeth in the back of your mouth.

After application, we will then use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin and bond the sealants to the tooth enamel. Even if plaque and food particles get stuck in the deep textures, the sealants will prevent bacteria from direct access to the healthy tooth enamel underneath.

Once they have been cured by an ultraviolet light, the dental sealants can help prevent cavities for up to ten years. If you live in the Shelby Township, Michigan, area and you are concerned about preventing cavities on your back teeth, you should call 586-685-0880 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS.