sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to hard-to-reach spots in your mouth.

It is difficult for your toothbrush to get in-between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

sealants typically last between three and five years.

It is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know so you are able to get it resealed.