It is easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened. Diseases of the mouth, such as tooth decay or cavities (dental caries) and gum disease (periodontal disease) are among the most common non-communicable diseases in the world and, traditionally, some of the most neglected.
Perhaps the most valuable return on diligent preventive care is avoiding simple tooth decay from growing into a worse problem. Dental caries can cause pain, discomfort, and affect proper physical functions like chewing, talking and smiling and can affect the confidence level of an individual.
What is a fissure sealant?
Fissure sealants are coatings that are placed on to the grooves (fissures) of the back teeth to keep food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
When should fissure sealants be placed?
Primary molars – 3 to 4 years old
First permanent molars – 6 to 7 years old
Second permanent molars and premolars – 11 to 13 years old
Is the procedure painful?
Fissure sealant placements are 100% pain free and needle-free!
Can fissure sealants be placed on teeth of adults?
Yes, dental sealants are sometimes placed in adults with risk for caries, on deep grooves and fissures that do not already have fillings or fissure sealants.
How long do they last?
Pit and fissure sealants are widely used as a non-invasive preventive method in public dental health. They are effective in helping to prevent decay on chewing surfaces and can last many years. New sealants can be placed on the tooth if required.
Prevention is better than cure. No matter what age you are, maintaining good oral care is essential for your overall health! Good oral health improves overall quality of life and helps us live a longer, wholesome life.