The Dangers of Dental Sealants

I just read an article saying that dental sealants are dangerous. This was an eye opener considering I just had sealants put on my sons 6 year molars. After reading the article I called the dentist and asked if they can be removed and told them why. Of course, I was told that they never heard of this. They are supposed to call me back to let me know if they can remove them. Sealants contain BPA. The same chemical that was once in baby bottles and was removed. Recent studies have further detailed the health impact of this substance, reported on at News Inferno:

The latest research, the first large BPA study in humans, published last month by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found a “significant relationship” between exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic chemical and heart disease, diabetes, and liver problems. Long-standing research points to hormonal disturbances and a variety of cancers and neurological and behavioral problems in adults and children. Also, the National Toxicology Program, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has raised concerns about BPA. Of particular concern is childhood exposure BPA that leaches from polycarbonate baby bottles and the linings of infant formula cans. The 2003-4 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found detectable levels of BPA in 93 percent of urine samples collected from more than 2,500 adults and children over the age of six. BPA may accelerate puberty and raise a potential risk of cancer and, this month, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reported that BPA might interfere with chemotherapy treatment.”

I can’t believe that dentists are using a chemical like this in sealants. I know to avoid fluoride but I didn’t know anything about sealants. If you or your child has these sealants I would encourage you to call your dentist to see if they can be removed. I was told that sealants wear off after a while and would need to be put on again. If they wear off that means that your are swallowing the substance. This is scary considering what the effects can be.

 

sources:

BPA information source www.newinferno.com

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3 Comments

  1. Lisa Gerten
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    My dentist uses a BPA-Free sealant called UltraSeal XT plus from Ultradent. Do you have any research on this product? My husband and I are trying to weigh the pros and cons of the sealant vs the risk of a cavity and the terrible stuff in fillings still today. Our girls do not eat a lot of sugar nor junk food. They appear to have good brushing habits as well. Not sure what to do!

  2. KAT
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    I never heard of this type of sealant. I personally won’t do sealants anymore for my kids or myself. I don’t think the benefits out way the risks. Every time we go to the dentist we are pressured to have sealants because dental insurance covers it and of course they want to cover everything that will be covered wether its necessary or not. I also don’t do fluoride treatments or xrays. I am only there for a cleaning and a filling if needed. I think if your girls are brushing and flossing and staying away from sugar and high carb food most likely they don’t need the sealants.

  3. Elizabeth
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    About 5 months ago, my son had sealants put on and began having servere asthmatic episodes. It has been a nightmare. Doctors, specialists, e.r. visits. I, too, plan to see if the sealants can be removed. If so, and his symptoms disapear, I will be so angry. I remember signing some type of waiver, which, at the time, I thought little about. I will be making a phone call in the morning.

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