Why Use Sealants?
In spite of your best efforts to brush, floss, and rinse regularly, there will occasionally be fine grooves or pits in your tooth structure which are too small to be reached by a toothbrush. These areas can accumulate plaque no matter how often you brush. Of course, left unattended these grooves and pits can eventually develop cavities. Your dentist can apply a coating that seals the unseen and unreachable grooves and pits in your teeth. This creates a smooth surface which makes it difficult for bacteria to gain a foothold in your teeth. It makes it much easier for you to brush away the plaque with your toothbrush.
This sealant is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth that are difficult to reach. The sealant bonds thoroughly with the surface of your teeth and forms a protective shield to protect the enamel of your teeth. This process does not mean that a patient can stop brushing his teeth. It is simply an aid to make brushing more effective in difficult-to-reach areas.