Fissure sealants are a plastic coating which is painted over the top of the molar and premolar teeth, as these are the teeth that have the deep grooves on the biting surface, that we call pits and fissures
Some teeth have very deep pits and fissures, and the sealant, bonds to the tooth structure, smoothing the tooth surface making it easier to clean whilst preventing food and bacteria getting trapped on the tooth surface
Pit and fissure tooth decay is the most common area to find holes in the teeth. The first permanent tooth erupts at the back of the mouth at around the age of six years old, when children struggle to reach and clean these back teeth.
Ideally, fissure sealants are placed soon after eruption, when the first permanent molars enter the mouth. Unfortunately, at the first signs of decay, a fissure sealant is no longer possible. The procedure is quick and pain-free, requiring no needles, a much nicer way to introduce your child to dentistry
Prevention is key, so by making sure your children attend the hygienist for a regular check up, you are giving them the best start possible
FACT >>>> 30% of people over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth