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Tooth decay is often related to an inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine that fails to remove plaque and residual food particles from your teeth. In time the latent bacterial deposits and presence of oral plaque acids can demineralize the area of tooth enamel causing a cavity.

 

It’s also worth noting that some individuals have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel along the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars. These areas can sometimes prove difficult to clean by brushing your teeth twice each day.

 

If your routine dental checkup at Oak Grove Dental reveals a problem like this, our dentist might recommend applying dental sealants after the bacterial deposits have been cleared away. This is a special type of dental resin that Dr. Eric Eidbo applies to the biting surface to create a durable clear barrier that prevents oral bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.  

 

Even if plaque and food particles become trapped along the biting surface they will not be able to foster tooth decay. Many patients see the dental sealants last for up to ten years. They are so durable that they will not easily wear away when you chew or brush the teeth.

 

If you live in the Concord, California, area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth, you should call 925-685-2286 to schedule a dental checkup at Oak Grove Dental.