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Dental Dilemma: Cavity Sealants And Exposure To BPA

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Healthy teeth have been linked to good health but now new studies show that there may be some concern when it comes to routine dental procedures. According to new studies, dental sealants used to treat and prevent cavities may actually expose us and our kids to BPA, an estrogen-like chemical which is toxic and has been linked to a host of health problems in both human and animal studies.

The studies link BPA to altered hormone levels in men and a greater risk of diabetes and heart disease in adults. In addition, according to the research, based on the "child's" age, 20% to 41% have had their teeth sealed.

The sealants that are used to help prevent further tooth decay are noted as hazardous in their ability to break down into BPA upon coming in contact with saliva.

Experts note that BPA levels in saliva can soar to 88 times higher than normal immediately following a dental sealing...and experts can trace BPA in saliva for up to three hours after the dental procedure has been completed. However, the levels seems to drop quite quickly after that.

Authorities and medical professionals do not know exactly how much of the toxic chemical is absorbed into the body or what the short and long term effects are or will be. However some note that the effects linked to dental sealants are likely much less than BPA exposure from other consumer goods including plastic bottles and linings of metal cans.

Experts suggest that the advantages of dental sealants far surpass the potential dangers, especially of such a brief exposure to BPA.

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