The application of fissure sealants is necessary to preserve the integrity of your child’s permanent teeth. As soon as your child starts having permanent teeth, which usually occurs between six and seven years, it is recommended that sealants be applied.
At this time, it is important that you bring your child regularly to the dentist. We will be able to identify teeth that need to be sealed as well as check up on those that are already protected. Although sealants last for years, some will need replacement over time.
While fissure sealants will help prevent tooth decay, your child must continue practicing proper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing will remove any food stuck in between teeth.
Fissure sealants are a good strategy for kids for several reasons.
- Its gets them used to dental treatment and shows its painless and simple.
- It can prevent decay especially decay related to high refined carbohydrate consumption.
- Its puts the emphasis on prevention rather than disease control.
Quick and painless application
The back teeth would be prepared by a member of our Dental Hygiene Team to accept the sealant, so it will form a strong bond with the tooth and penetrate down into the fissure.
The sealant is applied carefully onto the tooth in droplet form where it dries hard in 60 seconds. The whole procedure takes approximately 10 minutes from start to finish, and is incredibly simple taking just a couple of minutes for each tooth. Once completed, your children will not even notice any difference in movement or sensation.
Also when the sealant has been applied, the smooth surface will be much easier to clean with normal toothbrushing.
It is totally pain free!
Any procedure which can help avoid the anxiety, discomfort of fillings, particularly in children, must be an excellent proposition. The quick and simple nature of pit and fissure sealants will be attractive to most parents, and can help give children healthy teeth for life.
However, this does not mean that children can place oral hygiene to one side and eat and drink whatever they desire. Good oral hygiene is critical for the maintenance of healthy, attractive teeth.
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