Fissure Sealant and Fluoride

Fissure Sealant

  • Sealants are a very effective preventive therapy against tooth decay. Pits and fissures on the chewing surface of baby and adult molars are normal imperfections, which sealants fill to protect them from decay.
  • The depth and width of the pits and fissures varies from person to person, and food and germs often become trapped in these areas.
  • A cavity can easily occur because brushing and fluoride are not effective protection against cavities of the pits and fissures. Only sealants are effective protection against decay of these surfaces because they fill in these areas.

What is a Fissure Sealant?

The sealant is a liquid that becomes hard like plastic after it is applied to the tooth. Sealant therapy is non-invasive, with no drilling, and doesn’t require a local anaesthetic.

Fluoride

  • Fluoride is very important for teeth as it can be absorbed into bones and tooth enamel, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay.
  • It’s a safe mineral compound found naturally in water, the air we breathe and many different kinds of foods.
  • Fluoride is one of the most beneficial elements for children’s developing teeth and maintaining the health of adult teeth. Many states and territories add fluoride to the water supply, as drinking fluoridated water and brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps protect teeth against decay.

We will assess you and your child’s needs on an individual basis and may recommend both fissure seals and additional fluoride treatment if we feel it is necessary.

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