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Many patients have back teeth whose biting surfaces are riddled with deep fissures, pits, and contours that attract plaque and lingering food particles, which are then difficult to clean away. This can lead to an increased risk of developing large cavities which may require large dental fillings. These fillings can lead to other dental problems in the future.

If you or your child is struggling to clean back teeth, our dentist may recommend that you have those areas protected with dental sealants. Dental sealants are most popular for older children and teenagers, but they can also help adults preserve the dental health of their back teeth.

Dental sealants are made from a quality plastic resin that our dental team applies to the biting surface of the back teeth in a quick process and then applies a special ultraviolet light to harden the material. If plaque or food particles try to become wedged into the deep pits of these teeth, the dental sealants prevent any bacteria from directly invading the tooth enamel.

The durability of the dental sealants enables them to protect these back teeth for many years, though you will still need to continue brushing these areas of the teeth even after receiving dental sealants. Because the material is so resilient, simple routine brushing won’t wear it away.

To learn more about the benefits of dental sealants in Hayward, California, we invite you to speak with Dr. Joan M. Jupina at Jupina Dental. Please feel free to call 510.783.1414 today to schedule your appointment.