At the age of 6 years, children will have had their first adult molars and by the age of 12, their adult second molars. Adult molar teeth have deep and complex grooves on their surfaces, allowing bacteria, food and sugar to hide.
Sometimes even thorough brushing and flossing cannot remove all the germs at the base of these crevices, commonly leading to tooth decay.
Your dentist can protect your children's molars before it has a chance to decay by sealing these crevices with sealants.
Fissure sealants block out the deep grooves so that bacteria, food, sugars and debris are not able to hide in the deep grooves of teeth. The Fissure Sealants also make brushing more efficient.
The photos show before and after fissure sealant placement. The deep grooves are now filled with a white sealant.