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How Fissure Sealing Can Help You Children Take Care of Their Teeth

In dentistry, prevention is always better than cure. At Advance Dental, we strive to do everything possible to keep our younger patients free from dental dramas, and we provide preventative treatments, including fissure sealant treatment.

What is fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative therapy, which is recommended for children as a means of reducing the risk of tooth decay. A sealant is applied to the teeth, usually the molars, to provide a protective barrier, which fills the tiny cracks and crevices on the biting surface of the tooth. Sealant material is applied to the tooth, stretched out to cover the fissures and then hardened using a curing light. By filling in these tiny gaps, there’s a lower risk of food and bacteria becoming trapped in the tooth surface, which reduces the risk of plaque formation and protects the tooth from decay.

Is fissure sealant treatment painful?

Fissure sealant treatment is painless, quick and effective. Your child won’t experience any pain at all and within minutes, they’ll be free to get back to whatever the rest of the day holds.

Who can benefit from fissure sealant treatment?

This is a preventative service, which is recommended for all children. Generally speaking, this treatment is designed for children who have developed their adult molar teeth. Most commonly, treatment is provided for children aged between 6 and 10 years old. Once they are in place, sealants can last up to 10 years.

If you have children and you’d like information about the benefits of fissure sealants, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll be happy to answer questions and help you decide if this is a treatment you’d like your child to have.

How Fissure Sealing can Keep Your Teeth Healthier

As dentists, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure, and we have a host of preventative tricks up our sleeves to try and keep dental diseases at bay. One service we offer is fissure sealant treatment.

What exactly is fissure sealant treatment?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative procedure, which involves coating the surface of the tooth to prevent food and bacteria getting trapped in the tiny crevices known as fissures. Using sealant, your dentist will create a physical barrier between the tooth surface and harmful bacteria and a net to catch food debris. These tiny cracks trap food, which can combine with bacteria and saliva to form plaque. Plaque is a stick white substance, which clings to your gum line and tooth surfaces. It is the main cause of decay and gum disease.

What happens when the teeth are sealed?

Fissure sealant treatment is a very simple, painless procedure, which can be completed quickly. Your dentist will ask you to wear protective goggles during the procedure to protect your eyes from the light source. They will clean your teeth before the tooth is dried and sealant is applied. The sealant is then distributed to cover the grooves in the tooth, and then set using a curing light. Once this is complete the tooth will be sealed and protected.

Fissure sealants are usually recommended for the molar teeth.

Will I feel anything?

The treatment is completely painless, and your teeth won’t look or feel any different afterwards. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about, and you’ll be free to go after just a few minutes.

If you’re keen to find out more, simply give us a bell or pop in and see our friendly reception team.

Five Top Tips For Children to Cut Sugar Intake

If you read the news on a regular basis, you may have come across articles linking excessive sugar consumption to rising rates of decay in children. If you have children, and you’re eager to protect their smiles, here are 5 top tips to cut sugar intake.

  1. Swap sugary cereals for whole grain versions: breakfast cereals are often marketed as healthy products, but sometimes, they can contain a lot of sugar. It’s best to swap sugar-coated puffs, balls and flakes for whole grain cereals. These have a much lower sugar and higher fibre content, and they release energy slowly, so your kids shouldn’t get hungry between breakfast and lunch.
  2. Swap fizzy drinks for water or sugar-free cordial: fizzy drinks and energy drinks are among the worst offenders when it comes to sugar consumption among children. A standard can of cola, for example, may contain up to 9 teaspoons of sugar. Swap fizzy pop for water or sugar-free cordial.
  3. Make smoothies at home: smoothies can be really good for you, but if you buy them from cafes and shops, they may have a lot of added sugar. If you make your own smoothies, you’ll save money, and you can control the amount of sugar that is added.
  4. Swap sugar for honey: if your child has a sweet tooth and they like to sprinkle sugar on porridge or yoghurt, swap sugar for honey. Honey is sweet, but it is rich in natural sugars rather than refined sugars.
  5. Limit your child’s intake of treats: treats are supposed to be something you have from time to time, rather than every day. If your child has chocolate bars or bags of sweets on a regular basis, swap these foods for healthier options, and keep them as treats for the weekend.