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Do you find that your back teeth seem to hold on to food particles regardless of how hard you try to clean them? Do your back molars seem to have deep chasms that plaque likes to grow in? If you answered yes, you are not alone with this problem, and there is a way to treat it. You may be a great candidate to get dental sealants placed on your back molars to help prevent decay.

What are dental sealants?
They are a plastic coating that are typically placed on the back molars. They can help prevent tooth decay by not allowing food to get caught in the deep recesses of your teeth. They harden and can help protect your teeth from elements that promote decay.

Why would you want them?
Any deep groove can be difficult to clean. If your teeth have especially deep grooves, food particles can become trapped in them and promote plaque to build. Alternatively, acids can become trapped that will eat away at the enamel of your tooth. Either of these could lead to a cavity forming. While fluorides can help, dental sealants can provide that extra layer of protection by providing a smooth surface over the fissure which is easier to keep clean.

When can you get a dental sealant?
A dental sealant may be placed as soon as the tooth has completely emerged from the gums.

If you are considering getting a dental sealant, or would like more information, contact The Dentistry Place at 303-974-5533 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Greene in Denver, Colorado. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile.