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What are sealants?

Sealants have been around for about 30 years as an effective way to prevent chewing surface cavities. On the chewing surfaces of the molars, in particular the permanent molars, there are deep grooves that are too narrow for the toothbrush bristles to keep clean. Application of a plastic type material to the grooves acts as a barrier to food and plaque, thus protecting the decay-prone chewing surfaces. Let’s discuss whether sealants are a good option for your child.