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Have you noticed that food may frequently get caught in your child’s back molars? Does it seem difficult to get those teeth clean? Our teeth naturally have pits and ridges that can help us chew our food. But if these pits or grooves are too deep, food and bacteria could begin to accumulate in them and cause problems. As a preventative measure, we are proud to offer dental sealants to our patients of all ages.

Dental sealants are a thin layer of plastic that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars or premolars. The sealants could be white or clear so they may not be visible. They can be applied as soon as the teeth have fully erupted from the gumline. The sealants can cover the grooves and provide the tooth with a smooth surface, which could make it harder for tooth decay to take hold.

While dental sealants are most commonly placed on children between the ages of 6 and 12, they can also be recommended for adults who may be prone to tooth decay. This preventative measure can be applied in one visit. While the sealant can protect this portion of your smile for many years, it’s important to remember that you may still need to maintain your daily hygiene routine.

If you would like to know more about dental sealants in Hillsboro, Oregon, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Surface, please call us at 503-747-5607 today. At South Hillsboro Family Dentistry, we want you to enjoy the greatest dental health you can.