The back teeth naturally have deep grooves which toothbrush bristles can’t clean - illustrated in the pictures below. Food, bacteria and plaque get packed into these grooves so, no matter how often you brush your teeth, cavities may still occur in these areas.
Sealing the grooves with a thin plastic coating is very successful in preventing cavities; these sealants are best applied to children’s teeth when they first come through and before problems arise. They offer a simple, pain-free and cost effective solution, preventing tooth decay in the back teeth in later life. Adults can also benefit from sealants; when we catch problems early, they can be used to prevent the need for more costly and extensive restoration work in future.
Please contact our friendly dentists team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice.