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The occlusal, also known as biting, surfaces of your molars and premolars typically have deep pits, fissures, and other sharp textures in the tooth enamel. This is necessary to efficiently chew and grind the foods you eat. Sometimes these areas can passively trap food residue and plaque buildup. If your twice-daily brushing fails to fully clean these areas of bacterial detritus, you could suffer from significant tooth decay problems.

One easy way to prevent this from happening is to have dental sealants applied at Alvarado Family Dentistry.

This is a special dental resin that is painted onto the deeply textured tooth enamel of the biting surfaces. This creates a protective layer that prevents stray food matter and bacteria from having direct contact with the otherwise healthy tooth.

To apply the sealants, Drs. Okugbay and Okugbay meticulously paint a pliable dental resin onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. A special ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin, creating a protective layer.

Even if bacterial detritus becomes trapped on the biting surfaces, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from having direct access to the underlying healthy tooth enamel. The resin material is very durable and will not easily wear away from your daily brushing.

If you live in the Alvarado, Texas, area and you would like to prevent occlusal cavities on your back teeth, you should call 888-635-6401 to schedule a checkup with dental sealants at our office.