What is a Proximal brush ?
It is a device in two parts. One part is the handle that has been developed from a standard toothbrush so that it holds a small brush head securely. The brush heads are available in various sizes enabling you to choose which size is most suitable for you. These colours are exactly the same as those used in the interdental brush range.
Will I need to use more than one size of brush head ?
You may need to use more than one size to enable you to effectively clean all spaces between your teeth.
Will I need to use this brush as well as the interdental brushes ?
The proximal brush can be used in all areas of the mouth. However most people find that it is most useful for cleaning between the back teeth.
Why clean between teeth ?
Over the course of a day, food and debris get lodged in between your teeth, and in any gaps you may have. If left, this debris can cause dental decay and gum disease. Removing.
How long do they last ?
Sealants usually last for many years, but your dentist will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes the dentist needs to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath them.
How do they work ?
The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier, by covering all the little grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth. Dental decay easily starts in these grooves.
When should this be done ?
Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
How much does it cost ?
Most dentists offer fissure sealing. It may be available on the NHS and is not expensive. But in many cases it is available only privately. The cost varies from dentist to dentist, but it is usually good value.
Do my children still have to clean their teeth ?
Yes. It is still vital that they do this. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep clean and healthy with normal toothbrushing. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also help to protect your children's teeth. Pit and fissure sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings your child might need.
Whom do I ask about the treatment ?
If you would like to know more about the treatment, ask your dentist or hygienist. They will tell you if fissure sealing will help your children's teeth, and if it is the right time to do it.