Deep pits and fissures are the small holes and lines that can be seen on the biting surface of a tooth. These pits and fissures often trap food and can harvest bacteria, leading to dental caries.
Food particles and plaque are removable through regular brushing, but the posterior positioning of these teeth can make them difficult to clean, which is why regular dental cleanings and exams are so important. In order to prevent this from occuring, pit and fissure sealants are placed and are recommended to be placed on children who are showing signs of deeper anatomy throughout development.
Preventing such cavities begins at home with consistent oral care. You should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste two times a day for two to three minutes at a time. Be sure to clean every side of every tooth, and now that you are aware, you can pay special attention to molar fissures.
Your dentist will also help you to avoid these cavities through regular exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments. Your dentist may also recommend pit and fissure sealants, which fill your pits and fissures and make it much more difficult for food particles and plaque to be trapped. Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth arrive, but dentists recommend them to patients later in life as well. The sealants usually last many years but need to be checked regularly by a dental professional to ensure the sealant is intact and that no decay has formed underneath.
Consistent oral care at home is essential to preventing pit and fissure cavities, but it also necessary to visit your dentist regularly so that such oral health issues can be caught in the earliest stages. If you have noticed that your child has deep pits and fissures or is waiting to have sealants placed, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and diet to prevent caries in these areas.
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