Fissure Sealants are provided with the intention of protecting teeth from decay, and are available through the NHS and at certain schools. By applying a thin, plastic coating around the teeth, the aim is provide a barricade to tooth decay for between five to ten years, and the sealant can be applied to teeth as soon as the child’s permanent teeth have begun to emerge (usually around age seven or eight).

Fluoride Varnish is a technique whereby teeth of any age can be ‘painted’ with a substance containing high levels of fluoride in order to strengthen enamel – another measure that can be taken as a preventative action towards tooth decay. If you are interested in either of these treatments for your child, a visit to your dentist for a consultation will be required beforehand.