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Although brushing the teeth and flossing every day can help maintain a beautiful smile, it might not be enough. Teeth have grooves that may be deep and can hinder the ability to clean the teeth thoroughly. These grooves are at a much higher risk for tooth decay. For example, the molars near the back of the mouth often have large dips and crevices that are susceptible to developing tooth decay. When these areas become problematic—or have the risk to become problematic—Dr. Kotecha and her associates of Dentistry On 10 may recommend dental sealants to protect a smile from tooth decay.

Dental sealants are plastic resin that is applied to the teeth in the deep crevices and grooves to seal them. These narrow grooves are then protected against plaque and tartar that would otherwise build up in these areas and harbor tooth decay. Brushing the teeth becomes much more effective in the prevention of cavities.

In most cases, dental sealants are used on the teeth of children. It is typically applied to the permanent teeth after they have erupted to help keep them clean and protected. However, adults can also benefit from sealants on otherwise healthy teeth. Permanent teeth benefit more from sealants, but there are situations in which children may have sealants applied to their “baby teeth.” Every patient’s circumstances are different, and Dr. Kotecha and her associates will notify a patient if they believe he or she can benefit from dental sealants.

Dental sealants typically last up to five years, though they can stay on the tooth’s surface for much longer. As the sealant wears off, patients may benefit from reapplication by their dentist.

If you have had dental sealants in the past and believe that you may need another application, it is time to contact Dentistry On 10 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kotecha and her associates. They can discuss with you whether you are a candidate for sealants and if they would be beneficial in helping you maintain your dental health standards.

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Meet Dr. Rina Kotecha

Dr. Rina Kotecha is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She possesses 19 years of expertise in the dentistry field specializing in general dentistry. She has further qualifications from the MGE Executive Training Program and Master Implant Training Program while holding certification in Soft Tissue Management Program by DenMat. She completed the Rondeau Seminars in Level I Orthodontics and she is an active member of the Ontario Dental Association and Ontario Dental Implant Network.