Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth, especially those back teeth you use to chew (molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.
Sealants are thin, protective coatings (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adhere to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They are no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.
“Sealants.” Mouth Healthy TM, 2018, httpss://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants.
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