What are fissure sealants ?
Fissures are grooves usually found in the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are difficult to keep clean so there is more risk of decay. Fissures can sealed with tough plastic to protect them.
The plastic is runny first but sets hard, like paint sealants may be see-through or tooth –coloured. They are normally only used for children and only on permanent teeth, not on milk teeth.
Your dentist will discuss whether your child needs sealants. If they do, you will also have to agree which teeth need to be sealed. The need for sealants will depend on:The shape of each tooth
How much a child’s teeth have already decayed
How much decay a brother or sister has had (because there can be family patterns in tooth decay); and
A child’s general health (because general health problems can make it especially important to avoid dental problems).