Protecting your Molars

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Your molars have a tough job to do, mainly grinding up your food so that you can swallow and digest it. In order to get that job done, they have ridges on them called cusps. While those cusps make chewing a snap, they also provide extra places for food particles, acids, bacteria and plaque to set up shop and damage your teeth. Even if you do a good job brushing and flossing, you still may not be able to reach between those grooves and clean them effectively.

If your molars are in need of some help, our dentists, Dr. Thomas Cox, Dr. David Manegold, may suggest dental sealants. Sealants are thin layers of plastic that are applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The dentist will clean and dry the tooth and then use a mildly acidic solution to help the sealant adhere to your tooth. Once the sealants have cured, they can protect your molars for up to ten years.

Sealants work best when they are applied early, so they are often applied to children’s teeth as soon as the molars erupt. However, if you struggle with tooth decay, or if your molars are in good shape and you would like to protect them, dental sealants may be right for you.

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants in West Chester, Ohio for yourself or your child, we would love to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Cox and Manegold Dentistry, call 513-777-5513 today and we’ll help you plan your visit.