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.
The kiss. The smile. The breath. What’s most important to you (and to your significant other)? Chances are it’s good breath.
Let’s get personal. Bad breath (halitosis) may be common in dogs -- but for people, bad breath affects how you feel about yourself, not to mention how others perceive you. In fact, you may not know you have halitosis until a brave friend tells you.
How can you tell if you have bad breath? A simple way is to stick a clean finger in your mouth and scrape saliva from the back...