Fissure sealants are liquid fluorinated resin-based materials used to seal small pits and fissures, to prevent decay. A fissure sealing procedure is performed without an anaesthetic. The narrow width and uneven depth of fissures make them an ideal place for bacteria to accumulate. The normal cleansing functions of saliva are insufficient for cleaning the small pits and fissures located on the molars. Even a toothbrush is not much help in clearing out these fissures, as the diameter of a bristle is much bigger than the groove itself. Tooth decay usually begins in these deep pits and grooves on the chewing surface of the teeth. The greatest benefit for cavity prevention is obtained when the fissures on six-year teeth are sealed when the patient is between five and seven years of age. In some cases, fissure sealants can be applied to primary (“baby”) teeth. The use of traditional sealants is a protective treatment that not only reduces the risk of tooth decay to an acceptable level, but also preserves the integrity of the teeth
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