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Dental sealants are a thin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. They are typically recommended for children and adolescents, as the back teeth are more prone to attracting food in the grooves and pits on the surface of the teeth.
Sealants are applied by a dental professional, and the process is quick and painless. The teeth are first cleaned and dried, and a liquid etching solution is applied to the chewing surfaces to rough up the surface and help the sealant bond. The sealant is then applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to harden it.
Sealants can last for several years, and they can be easily reapplied if they wear off or become damaged. They are an effective way to prevent food from being trapped in the fissures of the teeth and protect the back teeth from damage, and they are often covered by dental insurance.