Introducing children to a good oral health routine is vital for the long-term wellbeing of their teeth and gums and can help to prevent dental problems in the future. We provide quality care that meets the individualised needs of every child here in Ipswich. Routine preventative check-ups are recommended every 6 months for children three years of age and older. Services provided at check-up visits include a cleaning, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride varnish, radiographs, and an exam by the Dentist. When, and if, radiographs (x-rays) are indicated, parents are informed, and consent is obtained prior to taking them. We are committed to make you and your child feel welcome, informed, and comfortable.
Fissure sealants are white plastic coatings that are painted onto the biting surface of the back teeth. They help to stop the chewing surface from getting decayed.
Sugar from food and drink collects in the fissure or groove on the biting surface of the back teeth. These sugary deposits promote tooth decay and are difficult to remove by regular brushing because the toothbrush bristle is too wide to reach the base of the fissure. The fissure sealant resists the decay by providing a protective coating for the surface of the tooth.
Before the sealant is applied, the tooth will be cleaned and dried in readiness. Following application, the sealant is hardened by the application of a special light for approximately 30 seconds. The process is painless and correctly applied sealants can last for 2 – 5 years.
If you are seeking a caring and compassionate children's dentist in Ipswich, please call the team at Lighthouse Dental.