Sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are most often applied to the back permanent molars because they are a common site of tooth decay. Sealants work by creating a smooth surface on the tooth, which is easier to clean, and by forming a barrier on the tooth to protect it from the bacteria and food particles that cause decay. The process of applying dental sealants is quick and painless, and can be completed in just one short visit to our dental office in Athens, Texas. For more information on sealants and preventive dentistry, please contact us at Athens Advanced Dental. Our dentist and dental team are committed to helping you maintain good oral health!