Armor for Your Teeth
When your dentist puts sealants on your teeth, it is like he is coating your teeth with a special armor. The sealants are composed of plastic that creates a protective barrier for your teeth. This protects your teeth from cavity-producing bacteria. Sealants are especially helpful in hard to reach surfaces of your teeth. This provides extra protection for those places that are hard to brush and floss. Sealants are more commonly used for children who are still learning to brush effectively, but they can be used for adults as well.
If you and your dentist decide to make use of sealants, the dentist will need to roughen up the surface area of your teeth. He will then paint the sealant onto the teeth and create a protective coating. While the tooth is protected from decay while the sealant is intact, you will still need to brush and floss as consistently as ever. Sealants provide an extra measure of protection, but they are not meant to replace other preventative measures. Dr. Bath will help you determine if sealants are a good option for you. Always remember that sealants are to be used in addition to your normal good oral hygiene.