Dental Sealants

Although a good brushing practice and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, the toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by keeping out plaque and food.

A dental sealant (also called a pit and fissure sealant) is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—premolars and molars. Sealants provide a physical barrier so that cavity-causing bacteria cannot invade the pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
Sealants are easy to apply to your teeth.
The potential to develop pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates. But some adults at high risk of decay can benefit from sealants as well. Your dentist can tell you if you would benefit from dental sealants.

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