Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the molars in children and teens. Sealants are placed on the grooves of the tooth where the majority of cavities form in young patients. These sealants prevent tooth decay and are quick and easy to place. The procedure is painless and does not require a shot. A liquid material is placed on the grooves and cured with a light. The plastic sealant is very hard to see and goes unnoticed by the young patient. West Columbia Dentist, Dr. Newman, highly recommends sealants to children and teens to drastically decrease their risk of cavities.