pit and fissure sealant
On the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are deep pits and grooves called “fissures”. These are so narrow that even toothbrush bristles or a stream of water cannot clean them. This means that bacteria can live in large quantities in these pits and fissures. As a result, tooth decay often begins here.
- A sealant is a resin material that is applied to the pits and fissures of back teeth.
- A sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the enamel from bacterial plaque in cavity prone areas.
- Children are much more susceptible to tooth decay than adults and should have their back teeth sealed as soon as the teeth grow in fully.
- Applying sealants is a quick, easy and painless procedure.
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