The Importance Of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are another important tool to prevent tooth decay. Teeth naturally have many small grooves and pits on them, much like the tread on a new car tire, and many of these pits and grooves are smaller than a toothbrush bristle.
Although thorough brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they can’t always get into all the small pits and grooves of the back teeth. When food debris gets packed into these s and can’t be removed, tooth decay can develop quickly. In fact, the chewing surface of the back teeth is the most common place for children to get cavities.
To prevent decay in these teeth, a dental sealant can be applied to these vulnerable areas to prevent food debris from becoming packed into the tiny grooves and pits, essentially “sealing out” plaque and debris.