Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Sealants are easy to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. As long as the sealants remain intact the tooth surface will be protected from decay. During your regular dental visits, the dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.