How Invisalign Aligners Straighten your Teeth
It’s that time of the year again. School holidays are upon us once more and there’s no better time to book your child (and the rest of the family too) for a check-up. But hurry because our holiday appointments are filling up fast.
Early dental intervention is an essential part of maintaining good oral health for the lifetime of your child. If dental problems are left untreated for too long then irreparable tooth decay can lead to tooth loss as well as pain and infections that have the potential to be life threatening.
If your child is eligible for medicare child dental rebate they may be able to get their preventive dental treatment for free. Call us now to find out if your child is eligible. The CDBS covers a range of treatments such as
- Root Canals
- Fissure Sealants.
Fissures are the deep grooves present on teeth that are most notable in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molar and premolar teeth). According to the Australian Dental Association, fissures are the most at risk of developing tooth decay. They are up to five times more likely to experience tooth decay than any other surface. Research has shown that a fissure that is completely sealed has 100% protection from tooth decay.
A fissure sealant is essentially a protective coating that can be applied to the fissures. This prevents bacteria from adhering to these hard to clean surfaces and ensures protection from tooth decay. Even with wear over time, studies have shown that a sealed tooth is protected compared with an unsealed one (about half the risk after five years of fissure sealant placement).
Fissure seals are often recommended as soon as the permanent molars erupt in 6 year old children as this is the age where their manual dexterity is often not adequate for oral hygiene and the newly erupted teeth have deep fissures where bacteria can lurk. When fissure seals wear off they may need reapplication as assessed by your dentist.
Fissure sealants are a conservative, painless and non invasive preventative treatment. There will be no injections or drilling involved. The child can eat and drink normally immediately after the procedure. Combined with regular dental check ups, a good oral hygiene routine, and a healthy diet, fissure sealants are an excellent preventive measure that lowers the dental decay experience of children so call us now on 02 8084 7242 to book your child in for their check up!