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Cavity prevention is an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth. To aid in this effort the American Dental Association recommends attending a routine dental checkup with a dentist like Dr. Mark Teigen every six months.

This simple outpatient appointment is designed to clean away tartar and bacterial deposits while also detecting early signs of common oral health conditions. If Dr. Mark Teigen finds an area of concern, he will recommend the most viable treatment option. This might also include preventative measures like a simple fluoride treatment or protecting the biting surfaces of back teeth with dental sealants.

The sealants are basically a durable resin that he can paint to the biting surface of your molars and premolars teeth at the end of your routine dental checkup. Once they’ve been applied Dr. Mark Teigen will use a special ultraviolet light to harden the resin creating a protective layer.

If bacterial deposits do start to accumulate in the textured areas of the biting surface, the dental sealants will keep bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel. They are known for being very durable allowing the dental sealants to help to protect your teeth for up to a decade.

If you are in the Longview, Washington area and you are concerned about cavity prevention on your molars and premolars, you should call 360-425-8140 to schedule a dental checkup at Cascade Dental Care.