Sealants: why we recommend them
Fissure sealants are a preventive dental treatment that has been around since the 70s. This treatment is usually applied to children’s teeth when their pre-molars and molars erupt. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars, especially those that have pits and fissures.
As parents, we want the best for our kids and by getting a paediatric dentist to apply fissure sealants on our children’s teeth, we are taking the necessary steps to prevent our kids from experiencing tooth decay and tooth loss.
Essentially, they act as extra protection so, in theory, sealants applied in conjunction with a consistent dental care routine, which includes proper brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet, will help maintain your child’s overall dental health.
When should my child get sealants?
There is no set age, as all children are different. With regular check-ups, your paediatric dentist will be able to advise when the best time is. As a guideline though, for optimum protection, fissure sealants should be applied as soon as possible after your child’s permanent molars erupt. This is usually around the age of 6 – 12 for most kids.
What is the process?
Fissure sealants are applied by a paediatric dentist, such as Happy Kids Dental in London. The dentist will dry your child’s tooth and then the sealant material will be placed onto the biting surface. A light is then placed above the tooth to harden (or set) the fissure sealant onto the tooth’s surface. It’s a quick and painless procedure.
The Cochrane Collaboration, a group that evaluates medical research, recently found that children who had sealants applied experienced less than half the decay on biting surfaces five years after treatment than those who didn’t.
Where to go
If you are based in or around London and are looking for paediatric dentistry clinic that you can trust and build a longstanding relationship with, Happy Kids Dental, conveniently located in Marylebone is the place for you and your children. Head over to our Facebook page to book your visit for as little as just £99 on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.
Book an appointment with us at Happy Kids Dental and we will thoroughly assess your child’s mouth to decide if dental sealants are suitable or to check existing sealants are intact.