You’ll hear Dr. Dina and her team refer to these as ‘nailpolish for your teeth’…or ‘toothpolish’! Highly effective and proven to significantly reduce decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted into the pits and deep grooves that your toothbrush cannot reach. This makes the grooves smooth and acts as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaque and acids.
Easy to apply, sealants are typically applied to a child’s permanent molars as they erupt, usually around age 6 and 12. But, adults can sometimes benefit from sealants, too, because you never outgrow the risk for developing cavities! It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs and Dr. Dina recommends sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Additonally, Dr. Dina goes the extra mile when placing sealants for her patients. She does not use basic sealant material which usually wears away in a couple years. She places a flowable, tooth-colored resin that is bonded to the tooth, will not wear away, and is much more resistant to developing cavities.
Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.