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Your teeth have specific shapes and locations that play a specific role in your ability to bite, chew, or grind food. When one of your teeth suffers from tooth decay on the occlusal (or biting) surface, it can hamper your overall oral function and even increase your chances of choking on your food.

The premolars and molars in the back of your mouth are at increased risk due to the deep pits and fissures in the occlusal tooth enamel. While this certainly helps them chew and grind tough foods, it can also act as a trap for minute food particles and bacterial deposits. When this happens, large cavities could form on one or more of these very important teeth.

To help prevent this from happening, you might want to consider having dental sealants applied to the biting surfaces of these teeth at Desert Dental Group. These sealants are a durable, plastic resin that Dr. Brett M. Barney carefully applies to the biting surface of each back tooth at the end of your dental exam and cleaning.

This ensures that the enamel on the biting surface is completely clean. Once the dental sealants have been cured by a special ultraviolet light, they can last for many years. If residual food particles get stuck in the occlusal surface in the future, the dental sealants will prevent the bacteria from having direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you are concerned about cavity prevention for your molars and premolars, you should call (520) 663.0419 to schedule an exam with sealants at Desert Dental Group.