SIMPLE TIP OF THE DAY:
DON’ T GET DENTAL SEALANTS IF YOU ARE TRYING TO AVOID TOXINS
While dental sealants do not contain BPA, they do have chemicals that react to saliva and create BPA. While dentists say this exposure is safe and minimal, many studies show adverse effects when exposed to BPA, and particularly children. Companies who make sealants are not required to disclose their ingredients so we really don’t know what else may be in them and what the effects may be on a growing brain and body. We do know that “many use little-studied compounds such as triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) and urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) that may or may not pose risks of their own.” So, you can request that your dentist use sealants that don’t create BPA…but you don’t really know you may be getting. It is recommended that pregnant women NOT get the sealants. So it is safe for children and not pregnant women? Hmmmm… Make sure you do your research and decide for yourself and your child whether the benefits outweigh the risks for your particular situation! I am not saying they don’t! That is your call!
Does your child have sealants? What do you do to protect your child’s teeth?