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Sealants

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities in children are found. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth.

Deep grooves on the biting surfaces of teeth are more susceptible to decay. Children with just a single application of sealants on their back teeth had 50% less tooth decay and tooth restorations after 15 years than children without sealants.