What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a very thin shell of protective plastic that covers the teeth. It is normally painted onto the back teeth, where it molds to the grooves and depressions of each tooth as it hardens. This helps to prevent decay by providing a smooth surface that locks out food particles and dental plaque.

Dental sealants are most often recommended for children aged 6 to 14, but they can be helpful for adults with no dental decay as well. In addition, they are sometimes used to protect baby teeth.

Dental sealants on permanent molars for children are usually covered by most dental insurance companies, and they typically lasts for about 3 – 5 years. Your dentist will check the sealant at each visit for signs of cracking or chipping, and can replace it as needed.

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