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Fissure Sealants


Fissure Sealants

Our teeth are constantly being covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque.

When we eat or drink anything that contains sugar – such as cookies, lollies, soft drink, juice, fruit, milk and many other foods and beverages – bacteria turn the sugar into acids that can attack tooth enamel.

Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces have pits and grooves (fissures) that trap plaque, bacteria and bits of food.

The pits and fissures are hard to keep clean, because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them. That is how decay starts in the grooves and a cavity forms.

Fissure sealants are easy to apply and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. First the teeth to be sealed are cleaned and prepared to help the sealant stick to the tooth. The sealant is then ‘painted’ onto the tooth and a special curing light is then used to harden the sealant. Sealants are generally clear or white and cannot be seen when you smile or talk.

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