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Your teeth are designed for specific functions such as grinding up food, as is the case for your back teeth, which are also called molars and premolars. To do their job right, they are ridged with cusps that help chew the food. While these cusps are great at chewing, they are also a good spot for plaque and food debris to accumulate and be difficult to clear away. To prevent cavities from forming, many patients choose to have dental sealants applied in a simple process.

To protect the back teeth from tooth decay, our dentist can coat the chewing surfaces with a thin plastic barrier called a dental sealant, which forms an extra layer of protection between the tooth and any harmful substances like plaque. First, we clean and dry the tooth and then roughen it a little by applying a mild acid solution that fills the tooth surface with tiny abrasions so that the sealants can attach firmly to the enamel. Afterward, our dentist places the sealant on the tooth and may then allow it to harden on its own, or use a special light to cure the sealant.

Sealants can do their best work when they are placed on molars and premolars as soon as these teeth erupt. For that reason, we often recommend dental sealants for children’s teeth when they are about the age of six. However, dental sealants can als benefit older children and adults who have healthy back teeth or may be prone to a high risk of cavities.

Keep in mind that dental sealants only cover the chewing surfaces of the teeth, and it’s still important to brush twice a day and floss daily, as well as visit your dentist every six months for dental cleanings and exams. During this time, you can also have the sealants checked for any needed repairs.

If you feel you could benefit from dental sealants in Wichita, Kansas, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilbert Omido by calling Gilbert Omido DDS, P.A. at 316-683-0440 today.