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Dental sealants are thin resin coatings which are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to seal out debris and help prevent decay. Sealant resin is applied to these pits and grooves then cured with a special light so that it becomes a hard, protective coating. Most tooth decay in children and adolescents occur on the chewing surfaces of these back teeth or molars. This is because molars have irregular surfaces with pits and grooves which tend to trap food and bacterial debris.

First and second molars benefit the most from sealant applications if they are sealed just after they have erupted and before decay has had a chance to occur. Generally, the first molars erupt at six years old and second molars at about twelve years old.

Before Sealant After Sealant

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