Sealants effectively help to reduce the chances of getting tooth decay (cavities) on the chewing surfaces of permanent teeth, which is one of the most common places for cavities to form.  Though it is still possible for cavities to form around the teeth, this helps to reduce the likelihood by blocking out the deep grooves where sugar or plaque can easily get trapped.    

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 (LEFT) Pictured is an untreated tooth, with deep grooves and pits.  (RIGHT) The tooth is treated with a protective sealant.

(LEFT) Pictured is an untreated tooth, with deep grooves and pits.  (RIGHT) The tooth is treated with a protective sealant.