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Pit & fissure sealants

Pit & fissure sealants used in dentistry it's importance

Pit and fissure sealants are a preventative dental treatment used primarily on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). These areas are prone to decay because their grooves and pits can trap food particles and bacteria, making them difficult to clean with regular brushing. Here are some key points about their importance:
  • Decay Prevention: Sealants provide a protective barrier, preventing food particles and bacteria from accumulating in the grooves and pits of teeth, thus reducing the risk of tooth decay.

  • Non-Invasive: Applying sealants is a painless, quick, and non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require drilling or removing any part of the tooth structure.

  • Cost-Effective: Preventing cavities with sealants can save on the cost and discomfort associated with more extensive dental treatments like fillings, crowns, or root canals.

  • Beneficial for Children and Adults: While sealants are commonly applied to children’s teeth as soon as their permanent molars come in, they can also benefit adults who are at risk of developing cavities in these areas.

  • Durable: Sealants can last several years before needing to be reapplied, providing long-term protection against tooth decay.

  • Improved Oral Health: By reducing the risk of cavities, sealants contribute to overall oral health, which is linked to general health and well-being.

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In summary, pit and fissure sealants are a simple yet highly effective measure in preventive dentistry, helping to maintain healthy teeth and reduce the incidence of cavities.