Getting your kids to brush their teeth and floss daily can seem a daunting task, but you know it is important to keep their teeth healthy and clean. However, despite your best dental care routine, it is possible that your child faces tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay from setting in is better than seeking treatment for tooth decay. Fissure sealants are one way to fight tooth decay and keep it at bay.
Most children love to eat anything and everything that is sweet to taste. While elders do allow indulgence to a certain extent, children almost never show restraint. The problem arises when the sugar and acid content from the food debris left behind in the teeth leads to bacteria dissolving the tooth enamel. This results in pits or fissures as it is known in medical parlance.
Tooth decay or dental caries is common when dental hygiene is not followed. Add to that, if the children do not go for regular dental appointments, it makes matters worse.
Since children are quite prone to dental caries, it makes sense to check with your dentist for fissure sealants. Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings that the dentist will apply to the chewing surfaces or fissures to prevent bacteria and food particles from collecting in the gaps. Sealants are very useful in protecting against tooth decay.
How do Fissure Sealants Work?
Your dentist will clean the teeth and then apply a special type of gel to the teeth surfaces that need fissure sealant. The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
The fissure sealant is applied in liquid form and then hardened using a dental curing light. Your dentist will recommend sealing the back teeth that are more prone to tooth decay.
The entire process of sealant application and hardening is painless and you are good to go within minutes.
Fissure sealants are a blessing for children constantly prone to dental problems. However, you need to keep in mind that fissure sealants should never be considered as a replacement for regular dental hygiene such as brushing, flossing or visits to the dentist.
At Lygon Family Dental, we are a team of professional dentists with experience and expertise. We can assist you and your family with no-fuss dental care and consultation. Talk to us right away about your family dental problems. Our expert team will be only too happy to provide you with the solutions.