The human mouth contains around 500 to 1,000 different types of bacteria! So it's no surprise that no matter how thoroughly you clean your teeth and mouth, some bacteria always remain. Usually, this is no problem at all. But if you're undergoing a dental treatment that may expose your teeth' interior, the bacteria could invade the open area. No worries, though! Your dentist has a handy tool that helps prevent infection. It's called a rubber dam.
If your dentist recommends using a rubber dam during your dental procedure, know that it helps protect you from infection when receiving dental treatment. Although the sensation might feel strange or uncomfortable, dental dams are safe. What is a rubber dam? We'll tell you all about them, why they're used, as well as the benefits and obstacles of use. Okay - let's dive in.