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Dental Sealants

  • Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

  • Dental sealants prevent cavities. 

  • The back teeth are most likely to get cavities because small amounts of sugars and germs get trapped in the uneven surfaces of the teeth. 

  • Dental sealants prevent cavities by “sealing out” sugars and germs or bacteria. Your child should get dental sealants between ages 5 and 7, when their first permanent molars come in, and between ages 11-13, when their second permanent molars come in. Most dental insurance pays for sealants. Medicaid dental insurance for children, also known as Maryland Healthy Smiles, pays for dental sealants. To find a dentist who takes Medicaid visit Maryland Healthy Smiles.

  • Learn more about dental sealants.

  • Many people don’t know that Medicaid offers dental insurance for children. If you do not have dental insurance for your child and think you are eligible for Medicaid contact: Maryland Mighty Tooth.