Q: What is a sealant?
A: A sealant is a plastic material a dentist usually applies to the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth — the molars — to prevent cavities. Those teeth, which are designed for crushing and chewing, have an uneven terrain of pits and fissures. They’re good for what they do, but they are susceptible to cavities. In this painless procedure, the dentist will thoroughly dry the teeth, then apply a layer of an acidic liquid that will etch the tooth slightly. Over that, he/she will apply the liquid plastic that will flow into the depressions of the teeth and harden.
The protective coating keeps out the plaque and acid that cause decay. Sealants are used most effectively with children who have newly formed permanent teeth. The American Dental Association says sealants are virtually 100 percent effective in preventing tooth decay where they are applied.
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