Deep crevices in our teeth are excellent hiding places for bacteria that cause cavities. To protect your teeth from cavities forming and causing pain, dental sealants can be very beneficial. Sealants are added protection for your teeth in the fight against cavity-causing bacteria.
What Does a Sealant Do?
We all have bacteria in our mouths, but when food particles are left sitting in these deep crevices, that bacteria can be damaging. As bacteria consume leftover food particles, an acid is produced which eats away at the enamel of your teeth, forming holes, or cavities. Sealants are a protective coating that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars, where deep, hard-to-clean crevices are most prevalent. They provide a thin, “raincoat” type of protection over your enamel, which helps reduce tooth decay.