Your regular dental checkup at Dr. Everett Eklund’s Hagerstown, Maryland dental office is designed to clean your teeth and monitor the health of your mouth. Should Dr. Everett Eklund notice a problem, he will present you with the applicable treatment. This might also include a preventative measure, such as dental sealants.
It’s rather common for permanent molars and premolars in the back of the mouth to have deeply textured areas on the biting surface of the tooth enamel. While this helps to make the teeth more efficient at their assigned tasks of chewing and grinding, they can pose other problems.
Sometimes residual food particles and plaque buildup can be trapped deep in these areas, making it hard to clean during your daily oral hygiene routine. As time goes by, this can promote severe tooth decay deep in the tooth enamel.
If Dr. Everett Eklund detects a problem like this during your regular dental checkup, he might recommend preserving the health of the teeth with dental sealants. This is a clear dental resin that Dr. Everett Eklund can paint onto the biting surface of your molars and premolars.
Once they have been cured by a special ultraviolet light, the sealants will fully bond with the tooth enamel. This will effectively create a barrier blocking bacteria from direct access to the underlying tooth enamel. Once they have hardened in place they will be very durable. Even with brushing them twice a day they should last for up to two years.
If you live in the Hagerstown, Maryland area and are concerned about preserving the health of your back teeth, we invite you to call 240-329-2398 to schedule a checkup at Dr. Everett Eklund’s dental practice. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!