When our teeth are forming, they develop with very small pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces, no larger than the tip of a push pin. These pits and grooves are part of the normal anatomy of our teeth but create a very easy place for plaque, bacteria and food debris to hide. Even the bristles of our toothbrush are too large to reach to the depth of these small pits and grooves. Because they are harder to clean, the chewing surfaces of our back teeth become more susceptible to cavities.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a protective coating that can be placed in the deep pits and grooves of your teeth to help prevent dental decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply, require no anesthetic, and only take a few minutes to apply to each tooth. They hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before needing to be re-applied.
Children and adults alike can benefit from dental sealants in the fight against tooth decay.