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By rgberger50
October 10, 2011
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Question: What are dental sealants?

Answer: Dental sealants are tooth colored or clear shaded resin (plastic) material that gets applied and bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth in order to fill in the pits and groves of the teeth making them easier to clean (by making the grooves more shallow and smooth) and creates a barrier that makes them less likely to develop tooth decay.  Many adults and children have such deep groves, that the bristles of the toothbrush can't reach into them and clean out the food and plaque.  As this debris sits there, the acids and bacteria in the mouth continue to break down this food and make the enamel more porous and more likely to develop a cavity.  Sealants fill in these pits and grooves so the brush can do its job more easily.

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