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Five benefits of fissure sealants for your children

Posted by Default Admin on 6 October 2014 | 0 Comments


With NHS figures revealing that almost 500 children a week are being admitted to hospital with rotten teeth, now is the perfect time to make sure that your child doesn’t add to that number by helping to take care of their teeth.

Many dental practices are now offering Fissure sealants to children who might need extra protection from tooth decay.  Your dentist would usually recommend these when first adult teeth come though as these teeth will have to last for many years they often recommend having fissure sealants placed within the first two years of these teeth coming through.

Studies have shown that this makes a huge impact in decay amongst children. The fissure sealants make cleaning the teeth easier and have a profound effect when coupled with good oral hygiene, fluoridated toothpaste and a balanced diet. They also reduce the likelihood of your child needing fillings.

Here are five benefits of fissure sealants for your children:

Fissure sealants are a safe and pain free way of protecting teeth

Fissure sealants are a safe and pain freeway of protecting your children’s teeth from tooth decay. The sealant is a plastic coating which covers the chewing surfaces of the back adult teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth.

They are quick and easy to fit

The application process is quick and straight forward taking only a few minutes per tooth. A dentist will clean and prepare the tooth with a special solution. The tooth is dried with air. The liquid is then applied and set using a hard light.

Sealants can be clear or tooth coloured

Sealants are clear or tooth coloured and because they are on the back teeth no one will know that your child has them.

Fissure sealants can last for many years

Fissure sealants can last for many years although your dentist will need to check on them each time you visit and they can wear and your dentist may need to add or replace the sealant.

Remember, your child will still need to take care of their teeth by brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste as well as floss, use a mouthwash and cut out those sugary foods and drinks especially between meals.

If you would like to find out more about Fissure sealants for your children, give us a call.

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