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Your back teeth, also called your molars and premolars, are responsible for chewing and grinding your food so that you can easily swallow and digest it. If you take a close look at these teeth, you may see deep ridges and grooves on the chewing surfaces, which–though they make it possible for your teeth to chomp food–can be a harbor for plaque and bacteria and lead to tooth decay. You can protect these back teeth with dental sealants that ward off tooth decay.

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that we apply to your molars and premolars to provide an extra layer of protection from harmful substances and your tooth enamel.

Before placing the dental sealant, we will thoroughly wash and dry your tooth and then mildly roughen the surface of the tooth with an acid solution to help adhere the dental sealant. After rinsing off the solution, we apply the sealant as a liquid to fill in the deep pits and then harden it with a special light.

Sealants can be at their most effective if placed on recently emerged molars and premolars, which is why children are the typical recipients for dental sealants, though they can also benefit older children or adults who have healthy teeth or are at an increased risk of tooth decay.

Though dental sealants can do a lot to protect your teeth, they don’t cover the whole tooth and you will still need to clean your teeth daily and visit the dentist for regular dental cleanings and exams.

If you are interested in receiving dental sealants in Duluth, Georgia, for you or your child, we invite you to call 770-622-5909 and schedule a visit to Meadowbrook Family Dentistry to speak with our dentist, Dr. Ambreen Lakhani.