Flossing and brushing will help you protect your teeth. However, you may not be able to hit all of the areas of your teeth. Brushing and flossing the back teeth, or molars, is even more difficult. Molars are a breeding ground for bacteria and leftover food, which is why people often develop cavities in their back teeth.

The good news is that you can use a sealant in order to protect your teeth. It is a protective coating that is made out of plastic or another material. This does not replace brushing and flossing, but it can stop you from developing cavities.

Applying sealants to the molars can reduce the risk of cavities by up to 80 percent. Sealants are important for protecting your children’s dental health. A report done by the Centers for Disease Control showed that only 43 percent of school-aged children had sealants. Children who do not have sealants are three times more likely to develop cavities.

If you are looking for a dentist in Libertyville, give us a call today at (847) 573-1904.

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