Tooth decay has been on the rise among Australian children largely due to high sugars and refined carbohydrates in their diet. Among Australian children aged 12 years, nearly half (45.1%) had a history of dental decay in the permanent teeth.
Today, it is possible to raise a child without tooth decay. But to achieve this, parents must provide effective oral care and health practices from infancy.
An effective preventive solution to this rising problem are fissure sealants. Parents should be asking for sealants and not taking no for an answer.
Why does my child need Fissure Sealants?
From the moment teeth start growing in they are exposed to many things that can do damage to them overtime. The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves in them, known as fissures. These small spaces make teeth more susceptible to decay as plaque can easily accumulate in these areas. While fluoridated toothpaste is recommended to prevent decay, fissure sealants take protection to a new level.
What are Fissure Sealants?
Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of one or more teeth to avoid dental caries. They are more commonly applied to the back teeth; the molars and premolars where decay occurs most often. The sealants make the teeth surface smooth and clean. The great thing about the fissure sealants is that they can last for many years. Of course, there is always the possibility for wear and chipping so with regular dental visits, Dr Linda can keep a watchful eye on them.
- Sealants work best if applied soon after these molars emerge, that means children between 5 and 15 years old would benefit most from sealants.
- There are usually applied twice – at age 6, when the first molars come in, and when the second molars erupt, around age 12.
- The process to apply the protective sealant only takes a few minutes per tooth as it gets painted on in a thin layer and then hardens with a special curing light.
- Dr Linda will check the condition of your child’s sealants and reapply them when necessary during regular appointments.
Brushing and flossing alone cannot always get into all pits in the teeth and the hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. Fissure sealants act as a perfect barrier to prevent your kids from painful cavities.