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The teeth in the back of your mouth are very important for chewing and grinding the foods you eat. This includes eight premolars that also aid with biting off hard foods, as well as eight large molars that are primarily tasked with grinding tough foods into small pieces that are safe to swallow.

Genetics can sometimes contribute to deep pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of these teeth. This is not a defect in any way. It is simply a natural compensation to help make these back teeth more efficient for their appointed role.

Unfortunately, these areas can sometimes prove difficult to clean by simply brushing your teeth each morning and night. If bacterial deposits start to collect in the deep recesses of the biting surface, it can start to foster the formation of large and uncomfortable cavities.

If it’s caught early, Dr. Rai might be able to prevent this from happening, and preserve the health of your back teeth by applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of each back tooth. This can usually be done at the conclusion of your routine dental check-up to ensure the tooth enamel is completely free of any latent bacterial deposits.

After careful application, Dr. Rai will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the dental sealants and connect them to the tooth enamel biting surface. This can help to preserve the teeth for up to ten years.

If you live in the Stafford, VA, area and you are interested in preserving the health of your back teeth, you should call 540-657-0867 to schedule a checkup and dental sealants at Rai Family Dentistry today!