A sealant is a preventive coating that bonds and hardens directly on to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Sealants act as a protective barrier from plaque and bacteria by sealing the fine, deep grooves and pits on your teeth that are too narrow to be adequately cleaned by the bristles of your toothbrush. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective and teeth are less likely to harbor plaque. Sealants are an excellent, cost effective way to help prevent cavities and keep your teeth healthy.

To prevent tooth decay, sealants are typically applied to children's teeth as a preventive measure after the permanent teeth have emerged. Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. Adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth.

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