pit & fissure sealants
Who would not like to provide maximum protection for their child’s teeth against cavities? If so, Dr. Renu Chaudhary’s recommendation is to apply dental sealants on some of his or her teeth.
Sealants prevent food debris and bacteria from entering into the pit and fissures of the teeth. In conjunction with fluoride treatment, sealant provides maximum protection against tooth caries.
While fluoride treatment has reduced the number of cavities, it also protects the grooves of the teeth. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that, when applied to the surface of teeth, provide additional protection in the grooves and fissures of teeth, which are the most vulnerable to caries.
Because molar teeth are deeply grooved, keeping them properly clean can be difficult. Sealants protect these grooves and cut down on the amount of bacteria and food stuck on the teeth by a lot.
Dr. Renu Chaudhary recommends applying a sealant to 6- and 12-year-old molars since they are grooved and particularly susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. They may also recommend sealing your child’s permanent premolars (bicuspids).
Any tooth with grooves can benefit from sealants. Note: It is important for children to have fluoride treatments even when they have dental sealants, because sealants only protect the surface they are on.