Each type of tooth has a different job to do. Your molars and premolars help you to chew your food to make it easier for your body to digest. To do that, those teeth have ridges known as cusps. While those cusps help grind your food, they are also very good at trapping food debris, plaque and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Even if you are one of the world’s best brusher, chances are that you won’t be able to reach between those cusps.
To help fight cavities in those trouble spots, you may want to talk with our dentists about dental sealants. Sealants are thin layers of plastic that are applied directly to the chewing surfaces of your molars and form a barrier between your tooth enamel and the harmful substances that can damage it.
Sealants work best the sooner they are applied so , Dr. Alejandro Martinez and Dr. Sarah McMahan often use them to protect the teeth of children between the ages of six and twelve. However, adults that struggle with tooth decay may also benefit from sealants. Request an appointment or call us at 210-853-5600 today.