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Health Tip: Talk to the Dentist About a Sealant

Learn about potential benefits

(HealthDay News) -- Brushing and flossing is important for children's teeth, and a sealant can offer added protection against cavities. A sealant is a resin material applied on teeth to fill in small spaces, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Your child's dentist can apply the sealant at the office. It creates a barrier that protects tooth enamel from acids and bacteria that could lead to decay.

A sealant -- often a good idea for adults, too -- may need to be reapplied every few years.

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