The natural pits and fissures on your child’s molars are normal imperfections, but can be the ideal trap for food and germs. Because normal brushing cannot always remove the food from these areas, tooth decay and cavities can easily occur.
The Painfree Dentistry team can help guard against this problem by applying fissure sealants, acrylic coatings which fill in your child’s pits and fissures to prevent plaque from damaging their teeth. Applied as a liquid in around five minutes per tooth, fissure sealants become a hard plastic-like substance, forming an effective barrier against plaque and tooth decay.
Fissure sealants are non-invasive and completely pain-free, with no need for drilling or local anaesthetic. We recommend fissure sealants when your child’s first permanent molars emerge, at around age six, and then after their permanent adult premolars erupt, usually at around eleven to fourteen years old.