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Pit & Fissure Sealant

A pit & fissure sealant is a plastic material, which protects the fissures and grooves in a tooth from plaque and acids.

Sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, premolar and molars.


When to Apply?

When your child’s permanent teeth ( molar back teeth) show up at 6-7 years in the mouth, protect them with sealants a clear plastic material a dentist applies to the chewing surface of molars. The grooves of the new permanent tooth are deep, encourage food entrapment and harmful bacteria. When sealants are applied, teeth are isolated and is unavailable to harmful organisms. Parents should realize the importance of protecting their children teeth and consider applying sealants at an early age. Sealants can also be applied to milk molars to prevent tooth decay as a precautionary measure.

Why Sealants are Needed?

The chewing surfaces of molars and premolars are not smooth. They have pits and fissures where the toothbrush can’t reach. So dental plaque grows causing tooth decay.

How Sealants Work?

This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pit and fissures) of the teeth surfaces making them smooth and easier to clean by brushing. The sealants act as a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

How Often Sealant should be Applied?

Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply (it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth) and they last for several years. During regular dental visits. Your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.

Fluoride is one of the most effective elements for perventing tooth decay. This mineral (fluoride combines with tooth enamel to stregthen it against decay. It is proved that children who take fluoridated water have much less cavities when compared to children wo donot take fluoridated water.

Your dentist can recommend various ways to get fluoride protection of teeth including

  • Drinking fluoridated water at school
  • Fluoride application in dental office (Fluoride gel and Fluoride varnish)
  • Brushing with a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children above 6 years.