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The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth are very important for your overall oral function. When a cavity develops on one or more of these teeth, it can be distressing and can even limit your ability to efficiently chew and grind the foods you eat. This often calls for large fillings or even a possible dental crown restoration to fully restore the integrity of a tooth.

Fortunately, Dr. James C. Ma has a convenient method for preventing occlusal cavities on molars and premolars. This involves applying dental sealants immediately following your regular dental cleaning and exam.

Once the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars are perfectly clean and free of any latent bacterial presence, your dentist will carefully paint a special dental resin over them. A dental-grade ultraviolet light will be used to cure the dental sealants.

This will create a durable, protective barrier that prevents stray food particles and bacterial matter from adhering to the healthy tooth enamel. With good oral hygiene habits, dental sealants can last for many years. They will not be easily worn away by twice-daily brushing.

If you live in the Tulare, California, area and you have any oral health concerns, you should call 559-688-4111 to schedule a dental exam at James C. Ma.