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Tooth decay is often the result of poor oral hygiene or trapped bacterial deposits on the contours of your teeth. While it often starts out small, cavities can eventually grow to cause significant dental health problems.

Having a dental checkup performed every six months from a dentist like Dr. Kent Nuttall will help to detect any early signs of tooth decay, and gum disease. This might also include catching a developing problem so a preventive treatment can be applied.

Some people have exceedingly deep textures, and pits in the tooth enamel of the biting surface on their molars and premolars. These deep recesses can potentially start to accumulate residual food debris and plaque buildup. If they are not cleared away these bacterial deposits could promote tooth decay.

In a situation like this Dr. Kent Nuttall might recommend installing dental sealants onto the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars. This is essentially a durable dental resin that he carefully applies to the biting surfaces of your molars and premolars.

Once the dental sealants have been applied he will harden them with a special ultraviolet light. This creates an impermeable barrier between any new bacterial deposits and the underlying tooth enamel.

If you live in the Auburn, Washington, area and you have cavity prevention concerns, you should call 253-939-0700 to schedule a dental checkup at Nuttall Smiles.