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What are tooth sealants?

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Sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

From: Tooth Sealants WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association: "Dental Sealants."

CDC: "Dental Sealants."

 

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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American Dental Association: "Dental Sealants."

CDC: "Dental Sealants."

 

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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