Your back teeth, also known as your molars and premolars, are tasked with the tough job of chewing your food to make it easier for you to swallow and digest. They may be able to do that because they are equipped with grooves and ridges known as cusps. These cusps make it easier to chew your food, but they are also great places for food debris, plaque, and bacteria to hide.
Our dentist, Dr. Steven Ross, can coat your back teeth with a thin layer of plastic called dental sealants. These sealants can help keep your tooth enamel safe from the substances that cause tooth decay.
The process is a simple one. Our dentist can wash and dry your teeth, and then use a very mild acidic solution to help the sealant adhere to the surface of your tooth. Then, they may apply the sealant to your tooth and then cure it. Dental sealants can last for a long time, but you should remember that the sealants only protect the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars, so you will need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and see our dentist for your routine visits.
If you would like to find out more about dental sealants in Salinas, California, we would be happy to see you! You can call 831-422-5351 to make an appointment at Ross Family Dental.