Dental sealants are safe, effective, painless, long lasting, cost effective and they play an important role in helping to prevent tooth decay ("cavities"). Sealants are a plastic coating bonded into the grooves of the back teeth. After the sealant is placed, the tooth becomes very smooth and is less likely to trap food and plaque and becomes much easier to clean with your toothbrush. The enamel of a young permanent tooth is still maturing for 3 years after it erupts, making the tooth very susceptible to decay, therefore sealants are especially recommended for children who have their permanent molars to protect the adult teeth from decay and fillings that essentially weaken the overall tooth structure.

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