Dental sealants are thin clear, white, or slightly tinted plastic coatings that are applied by a dentist to the grooves and depressions on the back teeth to protect the teeth from tooth decay. The sealant bonds to the tooth to provide a protective surface over the tooth enamel.
Sealants are commonly recommended by dentists for children and teens as the pre-molars and molars erupt and develop. These teeth are most susceptible to tooth decay in the formative years. Sealants protect the teeth during the more cavity-prone years of an adolescents life (normally between the ages of 6-14). However, adults without decay or cavities can also benefit from sealants on the molars.
Sealants can last for up to 10 years, but should be regularly check at dental exams. Many insurance companies also cover sealants, so check your benefits to see if you or your child are covered for the procedure.
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