Are dental sealants a hazard

Sept. 20, 2010

Are dental sealants a hazard? The exposure kids may have to small amounts of BPA from dental sealants has hit the media once again. Are you prepared to answer your patient’s questions? Click here for up-to-date information on BPA safety and dental sealants.

Dental sealants expose tens of millions of American children to the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), according to a new paper in the journal Pediatrics. It says that sealants contain derivatives of BPA, which metabolize to actual BPA when exposed to saliva. The exposure lasts up to three hours after the sealant is applied.

The American Dental Association's Council of Scientific Affairs offered a statement on BPA and dental materials, which can be viewed by clicking here.

A dental sealants fact sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be reviewed by clicking here.