Pits and fissures found on our teeth are obvious stagnation areas where dental plaque can form and mature, which will then lead to dental cavities forming at the entrance to the fissures on teeth. The tooth is most susceptible to plaque stagnation when it first erupts into the mouth because at this time the chewing surface is below the normal line compared to the other teeth and can be easily missed during tooth brushing. Therefore susceptible fissures where good oral hygiene is not established should be protected with a dental tooth sealant. Continue reading
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Dental Sealants Vs. Fillings in Pediatric Dentistry
Parents or guardians play an important role in regard to a childâ€™s diet and oral health habits. Newly emerged teeth are particularly vulnerable to dental decay. As teeth gets older and become more mature, the outer surface becomes harder and more resistant to acid attack.
Teeth are constantly being attacked by acid produced by plaque bacteria as well as acidic foods and drinks. Acids cause damage below the tooth surface, causing microscopic holes in the tooth. If the acid damage continues over a period of time, the tooth becomes so fragile that a hole becomes visible in the tooth. As the hole gets bigger, the tooth will need a filling. However dental sealants can be placed on your childâ€™s teeth to prevent tooth decay from occurring if risk of decay is detected early. Continue reading