What Are Fissure Sealants, and Why do We Offer Them to Children?
We believe very strongly in the importance of working closely with children and their families to build strong foundations for a lifetime of great dental health.
Our experienced dental staff do this in a number of ways. One of these ways is by offering fissure sealants to many of our younger patients.
What are fissure sealants?
A fissure sealant is a clear liquid that’s applied to the back teeth. This can be done by your child’s usual dentist and only takes a few minutes per tooth. The sealant liquid hardens to form a plastic coating over the teeth. This coating prevents food and drink from getting into the grooves of each tooth. It usually lasts between five and ten years.
Why are fissure sealants important?
The most common place for children to get tooth decay is in their back teeth. This is because it’s easy for food to get trapped in the grooves of the teeth there but it can be hard for children to effectively brush them.
A fissure sealant stops food and drink from getting caught in the back teeth, which prevents tooth decay. An added benefit is that teeth are usually easier to clean when a fissure sealant has been applied.
Who can have fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are suitable for children whose adult back teeth have started to emerge. This usually occurs around the age of six or seven.
How can you find out more?
If you’d like to find out more about fissure sealants and the benefits of giving them to children, please get in touch. Our staff would be more than happy to explain how fissure sealants could benefit your child.