A sealant is a plastic material that is placed over the pits, fissures and contours of the chewing surfaces of teeth. They are designed to keep more bacteria out of those nooks and crannies by “sealing out” food and plaque to help prevent cavities, especially in those hard-to-reach areas that children sometimes struggle with.
A BPA free sealant is better for overall health due to the risk associated with BPA.
What is BPA?
BPA stands for Bisphenol A. It’s a resin associated with plastics and has been banned in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups since 2013. General studies have found that it disrupts hormone development in relation to fertility and reproduction. In response, BPA free sealants have been manufactured to help better protect your child’s development.
Reducing the BPA Footprint
While the sealants themselves do not contain BPA, saliva activates the compounds that create it. Since there is evidence that indicates BPA is a hormone disruptor, it’s effectively creating the need for a BPA free sealant. This is especially true since sealants are most recommended for children.
How Do I Choose?
A healthy mouth and healthy development can go hand in hand. Start out by checking the manufacturer’s statements to ensure they are as you expect, then work with your child’s dentist. Make sure they know your preferences. Also, make sure they are scrubbing and rinsing the BPA free sealant after application to further eliminate BPA for better health.
Who’s at Risk?
BPA free sealants can be used on anyone with teeth issues, even on baby teeth, in order to keep cavities and dental decay from beginning. Once decay begins, not cleaning these hard-to-reach areas only compounds the issue and creates oral health issues. Of course, since children are usually just learning these techniques, many dentists recommend the treatment for children.
Taking the Right Steps
As always, consulting with a professional regarding your family’s oral health is necessary.
Now that you have a few facts about BPA free sealants, make an appointment to see how you and your dentist can take care of your child’s health. Call the staff at Kids4Ever Pediatric Dentistry at 832-300-8444, or contact them here. Get a free consultation and a good start.