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Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars).

Dental sealants prevent cavities on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

The molars are most likely to get cavities because small amounts of food and sugars get trapped in the uneven surfaces on the top of the teeth.

Dental sealants prevent cavities by keeping food and sugars from getting trapped in the uneven surfaces on the top of the teeth. 

Your teen should get dental sealants soon after their second set of molars come in, between 11-13 years of age.

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.

Many people don’t know that Medicaid offers dental insurance for children. If you do not have dental insurance for your teen and think they are eligible for Medicaid contact: Find A Dentist