Fissure sealants are white, plastic coatings that are painted onto the biting surface of the back teeth. These biting surfaces are criss‐crossed with tiny hills (pits) and valleys (fissures), which provide a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent cavities in these pits and fissures you can cover them with a special composite varnish called fissure sealant, which has been shown to achieve a six‐fold reduction in caries development (compared to a tooth without fissure sealants).
The application of these fissure sealants are easy to do and children as young as 3 years of age are able to be comfortable with the procedure.
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