Your rear molars, also known as “molar teeth” do a lot. They are designed to help you chew your food and tear it into pieces that are easy to swallow and digest. Your molars also provide a cosmetic effect as they serve to support your facial structure and keep your skin from sagging. When you realize just how important your molars are you’ll no doubt want to do everything in your power to keep them healthy and in good working order.
Molars need your concentrated attention because first of all, they’re way back there in your mouth and are harder to reach with your toothbrush and more awkward to floss, and secondly since they do most of the chewing the molars are more exposed to the sugar and acids from the foods that we eat. An electric toothbrush may make brushing easier and do a better job of getting rid of that debris.
The surface of your molars are flat and grooved for chewing purposes but that also means that food particles can easily get stuck in there, fester and lead to infection. Your dentist may recommend a dental sealant to keep that from happening. The sealant will bond to the tooth and protect it from bacterial plaque.
Follow your regular home routine of brushing and flossing for long-term oral health and be sure to have regular professional checkups. Call Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS @ 703-997-1313 and make that appointment today, it’s important!