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Your regular dental check-up at Dr. Bruce Westover is designed to clean your teeth and monitor the overall health of your mouth. If Dr. Bruce Westover finds an area of concern he will present you with the applicable treatment. This might also include preventative measures like applying dental sealants to your back teeth.

It is somewhat common for molars and premolars to have deeply textured areas on the biting surface. While this helps to make the teeth more efficient at chewing and grinding the pits and fissures in the tooth enamel can pose other problems.

Sometimes residual food particles and plaque buildup can become trapped deep in the deep recesses of the biting surface. As time goes by, this can promote severe tooth decay deep in the tooth enamel.

If Dr. Bruce Westover notices a problem like this during your regular dental checkup, he might recommend preserving your back teeth with dental sealants. This is a clear dental resin that Dr. Bruce Westover paints onto the biting surface of your molars and premolars.

Once the dental sealants have been cured by a special ultraviolet light they will fully bond with the tooth enamel. This will effectively create a barrier blocking bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel. Once they have hardened in place they will be very durable. Even with brushing them twice a day, the dental sealants can last for up to a decade.

If you live in the Cottonwood, Arizona, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your back teeth, you should call 928-634-5566 to schedule a checkup at Dr. Bruce Westover.