The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are
extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts
with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent
studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions,
preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a
resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities.
It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.