A dental sealant is a clear or white, liquid-plastic material put on
the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant bonds into the depressions
and grooves (pits and fissures) of teeth and protects them from
tooth decay and
cavities. Although children and teens usually use
sealants, adults can use them, too.
To put in a sealant, your dentist or dental hygienist will place a
cotton roll around your teeth to absorb saliva and prevent moisture from
getting on the teeth. A sheet of rubber (rubber dam) may be used to isolate the
teeth. The dentist, dental hygienist, or a dental assistant will first apply
the solution that will glue the sealant to the tooth. After about a minute, he
or she will rinse off the excess glue, dry your teeth, and put on the sealant.
Q: I know coffee stains my teeth, but are there any foods that will help keep them looking white and healthy?
A: Regular brushing and flossing are your best bets for keeping your teeth healthy. But yes, certain foods can keep your smile looking bright by contributing to your overall oral health.
For instance, foods that increase saliva production help wash food off your teeth as well as neutralize the acids produced by foods as you chew them -- acids that can erode tooth enamel and contribute...