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Dental Sealant

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is dental sealant?

Dental sealant is a protective coating applied to the surface of your child's molars (back teeth). Sealant is made from a type of dental material. The molars have pits and grooves that can trap food and bacteria. This can lead to decay and cavities. The sealant protects your child's molars and helps prevent cavities from forming. Placement of a dental sealant is easy and painless.

When is dental sealant applied?

Sealant can be applied during a regular dental office visit. Sealant can also be applied in a community setting, such as a school, with the proper equipment.

How is dental sealant applied?

Your child's dentist or hygienist will:

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