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Sealants

Child's Dental Visit

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect them from tooth decay in children and young adults. Sealants keep bacteria and food particles that can cause decay out of these grooves. Permanent molars are most likely to benefit from sealants because most tooth decay occurs there. The process of applying sealants is short and easy. After the tooth is cleaned with a special gel applied to the chewing surface, the areas are washed and then dried. Then the sealant is painted on the tooth, and will be light-cured for 15 to 25 seconds to form a protective shield.

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